Bruichladdich Distillery Description
The bay formed under the chin and neck is called Loch Indaal, and Bruichladdich Distillery is on the northern shore of this bay. The word “Bruichladdich” can be translated as “rocky lee (left-hand) shore,” which makes total sense when you look at a map.
The Harvey family had owned and operated distilleries in Scotland since 1770. In 1881, three brothers — William, John, and Robert Harvey — received an inheritance, and there was only one thing for them to do… open another distillery.
Thus Bruichladdich was born. At the time of its construction it was state of the art, from the innovative long-neck stills, to the purpose-designed layout of the buildings and docks.
Running a family business creates natural friction, but William was in charge — more or less — for the entire time until he passed away in 1936. The place has changed ownership several times since then. Eventually their business became “surplus to requirements,” and the distillery was abandoned.
Then, in 2000, a group of Whisky-loving entrepreneurs banded together and purchased the place. They took it apart and put it all back together again, preserving all of the original, old equipment from the days of the Harvey Brothers.
To this day, the entire plant is managed by hand, the old fashioned way with no automation — just skilled craftsmen who pour their spirit into the Whisky. In 2012, the facility was purchased by Rémy Cointreau.
A person could write and entire book about production techniques at Bruichladdich. One reason being that they have no fewer than 100 varieties of production at this time. Each having separate, nuanced techniques. The current estimated maximum production is about 1.5 million liters of new make per year.
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