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The desire to take on new challenges at this distillery is so high that it would take almost an entire chapter to describe all the different experimental bottlings of the Bruichladdich single malt, created under the aegis of Mark Reynier and Jim McEwan. In addition to the “classic” range of unpeated whiskies, they have released peated malts (the 3D and Port Charlotte range, followed by Octomore, the spirit with the highest phenolic content ever seen), triple-distilled malts and even quadruple-distilled malts, not to mention the different casks used for maturation, a process the “laddies” prefer to call A.C.E (Additional Cask Enhancement) rather than “finishing”. Bought in 2012 by the French group Rémy Cointreau, the distillery seems to be moving towards the production of more classic styles using only 100% Scottish barley. Find out more
Following its acquisition in 2000 by a group of investors, the Bruichladdich distillery underwent a meticulous renovation in 2001, which enabled the owners to keep almost all of the original 19th century equipment, including an open brewing tank and very elongated onion-shaped stills (the stills for the second distillation are six metres high). The resulting single malt is very mildly peaty, being characterised by its coastal origins, with a scent of sea air and salty flavours on the palate. Reserving all of its production for the single malt market, Bruichladdich is also the only distillery to age and bottle its whisky on the isle of Islay. It produces two heavily peated releases: Port Charlotte and Octomore.
The Links range was created in 2003 to commemorate a selection of the greatest golf courses in the world. This range includes 13 bottlings (11 in 700 ml bottles and two in 500 ml bottles) with labels painted by the artist Graeme Baxter: The 16th Hole Augusta aged 14 years, The Old Course at St Andrews aged 14 years, The 18th Green, Royal Troon aged 14 years, Turnberry 10th aged 14 years, Royal Liverpool – Hoylake aged 14 years, K Club Ireland 16th Hole aged 14 years, Carnoustie Golf Links aged 14 years, Torrey Pines, USA aged 15 years, Birkdale, England aged 15 years, Valhalla, USA aged 15 years, The Vancouver Golf Club, Canada aged 16 years, St Andrews Swilcan Bridge and St Andrews Swilcan Burn aged 16 years.