Bruichladdich Distillery

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General
Pronunciation brooich’laddich or brook Pronunciation
Translation The Bank/Brae on the Shore
Region Islay
Distiller The Bruichladdich Distillery Co. Ltd.
Owner The Bruichladdich Distillery Co. Ltd.
Address Bruichladdich
Isle of Islay
Argyll
PA49 7UN
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1496 - 85 02 21
+44 (0)1496 - 85 04 77 (Fax)
LatLong 55° 45’ 57.7” N   06° 21’ 41.3” W
Altitude 8 m
Grid Reference NR265611
Website www.bruichladdich.com
www.laddieshop.com
E-mail laddie@bruichladdich.com
Open to public January - Easter : mo - fr 09:00 - 17:00 (tours at 11:30 and 14:30), sa 10:00 - 16:00 (tour at 11:30)
Easter - October : mo - fr 09:00 - 17:00 (tours at 10:30, 11:30 and 14:30), sa 10:00 - 16:00 (tours at 10:30 and 14:30)
November - December : mo - fr 09:00 - 17:00 (tours at 11:30 and 14:30), sa 10:00 - 16:00 (tour at 11:30)
Admission chargedSource : Islay & Jura Distillery Tour Times 2008 leaflet
Remarks

History
1881
Distillery built by Robert, William and John Gourlay Harvey (of the Dundas and Yoker Harveys) with money from a trust established by their father, a well known distiller in Glasgow, under the style of Robert Harvey & Co.
1886
Reconstructed as the Bruichladdich Distillery Co. (Islay) Ltd. with Harvey family shareholdings
1929-37
The Harveys were forced to close the doors of their last distillery
1938
Sold to Hatim Attari, Joseph W. Hobbs and Alexander W. Tolmie, and passed then to Associated Scottish Distilleries Ltd. (ASD), subsidiary of Train & McIntyre Ltd., themselves owned by National Distillers of America
1952
Sold to Ross & Coulter Ltd., whisky brokers
1960
Acquired by A.B. Grant
1968
A.B. Grant sold the distillery to Invergordon Distillers (Holdings) Ltd.
1975
Extended from two to four stills
....
Bought by Mark Reynier (of wine merchant La Reserve) and ...
1994
Ownership to Whyte & Mackay
1995
Mothballed by Whyte & Mackay
1999
Owned by Jim Beam (JBB)
2000
Sold to a consortium of mainly local investors led by independent bottler Murray McDavid
2001
Distillery reopened
2003
Installation of own bottling line
2006-Feb-27
First attempt of a quadruple distillation

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
Bruichladdich reservoir (brewing water)
Bruichladdich burn (cooling water)
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  Annual Output 320,000 litres of alcohol (2004)
  Finished Spirit (phenols) Bruichladdich : trace
Port Charlotte : 20 - 2
  Blending Roles
Black Bottle
Malt Malt Source Bairds of Inverness
  Malt Type Optic and organic Chalice
  Malt Specification (phenols) Bruichladdich : 3 - 4 ppm (8 - 10 ppm in 2001)
  Own Malting Floor no
  Malt Storage 180 tonnes
Mill Boby, installed 1881
  Grist Storage 14 tonnes
Mashing Mash Tun 1 cast-iron, rake and plough
  Mash Size 7 tonnes
  First Water 24,230 litres at 65°C
  Second Water 12,488 litres at 86°C
  Third Water 16,775 litres at 88°C
  Fourth Water 16,775 litres at 93°C
Fermentation Washbacks 6 made of Oregon Pine
  Washback Charge 36,000 litres
  Yeast Quest cultured yeast to start fermentation, Mauri
  Amount of Yeast 150kg per Washback
  Length of Fermentation 60 hours (shorts, week)
106.5 hours (longs, w
  Initial Fermentation Temp. 21°C
  Strength of Wash 6 - 7% abv
Distillation Wash Stills 2, onion shaped, 17,275 litres each
  Wash Still Built 1 : base original, rest restored
2 : 1975
  Wash Still Charge 12,000 litres (69% of capacity)
  Heat Source single steam coil and pans
  Wash Still Height c. 21 feet 6 inches (6.55 m)
  Lyne Arm gently descending
  Low Wines Run 4.5 - 5 hours
  Low Wines Collection Range average 22.5%
  Spirit Stills
2, onion shaped (goose necked), 12,274 litres each
  Spirit Still Built 1 : late 1940s
2 : 1975
  Spirit Still Charge 7,100 litres (58% of capacity)
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge 27% abv
  Heat Source two steam coils and pans
  Spirit Still Height c. 20 feet 6 inches (6.25 m)
  Lyne Arm gently descending
  Coolers 4 internally sited, length 11 feet 2 inches (3.41
  Foreshot Run c. 40 minutes
  Spirit Run c. 3 hours
  Feints Run c. 3 hours 10 minutes
  Spirit Cut varies : on to spirit between 76% abv and 71% abv,
  Distilling Strength Bruichladdich : 72%
Port Charlotte : 71%
Storage Storage Strength stored at distilling strengths
  Average Spirit Yield 401 litres of pure alcohol per tonne of malt (2003
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees taken to Caol Ila and piped into Sound of Islay
  Type of Casks c. 65% first-fill bourbon barrels
c. 25% first-fill sherry hogsheads
remainder rum and wine casks
  Warehouses 8 (#2, racked, and #5, #6, #10, #11, #12, #13 and #14, dunnage) and 4 at Port Charlotte (all dunnage)
  Vatting and Bottling Location Bruichladdich, Islay



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