Who’s behind Bruichladdich Classic Laddie?
Jim McEwan, Master Distiller of Bruichladdich distillery, has been in the industry for over 50 years. He started at 15 years old as an apprentice cooper with Bowmore distillery, training for 5 years and becoming cellar master.
In 2001 he was approached to be Production Director of Bruichladdich Distillery, which was to be reopened under independent ownership after 7 years of closure. As a Proud Ileach (Islay born and raised) this was an incredible opportunity to bring back this old distillery and with it, reinvest in the island and its people. In the following 12 years Bruichladdich was voted 3 times Distillery of the Year, and 4 times Innovator of the Year leading the way in its commitment to authentic, natural whisky.
Where did it all start?
Bruichladdich distillery was built in 1881 by the Harvey Brothers who were young and ambitious members of a Glasgow whisky family. The purpose of the new Islay distillery was to provide the all-important flavour profiles for the blended Scotch whiskies that were becoming so popular at the time.
After a period of closure the now semi-derelict distillery was purchased in 2000 by a group of private investors who saw a unique opportunity in the old fashioned plant. Men from the village then came forward who knew the artisanal methods and understood the old machinery. It was decided
to concentrate on making small volumes of single malt by hand, doing everything possible in house utilising the traditional skills and lots of people.
What sets Bruichladdich Classic Laddie apart?
The heart & soul of Bruichladdich is the Classic Laddie. This single malt Scottish whisky has been crafted by Master Distiller Jim McEwan from individually selected casks to showcase the classic, floral and elegant bruichladdich house style. Unpeated, it’s their signature bottling and the definitive Bruichladdich made from 100% Scottish barley, trickle distilled, then matured for its entire life by the shores of Lochindaal, in premium american & spanish oak.
The barley really shines through in the nose, with nutty vanilla, honey and white flowers with hints of apricot and citrus. The finish is one that slows down time – the perfect way to end a day.