VISIT US AT BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY


JOIN US ON THE ISLE OF ISLAY AND ENJOY A TOUR OR TASTING EXPERIENCE

Our team are ready and waiting with a warm welcome to Bruichladdich Distillery. Planning your visit is simple, with different tour experiences to suit different tastes and easy online booking below.

The Laddie Shop is open for tastings and general retail, with no booking required. You can meet the team, buy releases from our four spirits (including The Botanist Gin) as well as merchandise, apparel, accessories and locally produced products from members of the Islay community.

We are open from 10:00 – 17:30 seven days a week, from April until the end of October. From November to the end of March, we are open Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:30.

We look forward to welcoming you, new faces and old, to Bruichladdich!

GUIDED DISTILLERY TOUR

A guided walk around our Victorian distillery where you will learn about our history, our philosophy and how we make our three single malts (Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore) and The Botanist gin. At the end of the tour you will be welcomed into the shop for a tasting.

£10 PER ADULT | 1.5 HOURS

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WAREHOUSE TASTING EXPERIENCE

A unique opportunity to sample three of our finest expressions straight from the cask. Each cask has been hand-selected by our Head Distiller, Adam Hannett. This experience includes sample bottles and a complimentary glass. Please note that a distillery tour is not included.

£30 PER ADULT *AGE 18+ | 1.5 HOURS

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GIFT CERTIFICATES

Give an unforgettable experience! Our Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for whisky and gin lovers alike. Gift Certificates can be redeemed against our tour and tasting experiences.

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ABOUT OUR WEBSITE EXPERIENCE

At Bruichladdich Distillery, we are committed to offering you the best possible experience whenever and wherever you engage with us, in person and online. We have updated the design of the current website and are hosting it on a new platform so that we can bring you an improved offering - from our ongoing news, to our products and any purchases you make with us. We are continually updating the site with new products, content and functionality, but if there is something specific you are looking for, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

We have taken the opportunity to update the design of our website and have archived some of our older website content. This includes product pages for our previous releases that are no longer for sale. Don't worry, we'll be re-introducing a lot of our archive content over time. If there is something specific you are looking for or can't wait to reappear, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

ABOUT BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY

At Bruichladdich Distillery, we aim to create the most thought provoking spirits possible and as progressive Hebridean distillers, that includes producing four different and unique spirits from one distillery:

Bruichladdich, our unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky
Port Charlotte, our heavily peated Islay single malt Scotch whisky (40PPM)
Octomore, the world’s most heavily peated Scotch whisky, released annually (80+PPM)
The Botanist Gin, the first Islay dry gin, created 10 years after Bruichladdich Distillery was brought back to life in 2001

Bruichladdich Distillery is situated on the southwestern tip of the island of Islay, in the Scottish Hebrides. You can find us at the below address, visit the shop or book a tour. Further information can also be found on our Find Us page. We are open seven days a week from 10am - 5.30pm.

Address:
Bruichladdich Distillery,
Isle of Islay, Argyll, Scotland,
United Kingdom.
PA49 7UN

The distillery was first established in 1881 by the Harvey brothers and survived through periods of closure, including world wars and economic uncertainty. In 1994, Bruichladdich distillery closed again for what looked to be for good. Only two of the team at that time continued on site, protecting the property and importantly, safeguarding the casks maturing there.

Bruichladdich Distillery was resurrected in 2001 by Mark Reynier and Simon Coughlin, bringing a wealth of experience in the world of wine, along with Jim McEwan, a long established expert in the whisky world and our previous Master Distiller. With the aim of breathing new life into the community and taking direct inspiration and influence from the land (bringing concepts more common in the wine world such as terroir to our whisky making), the new Bruichladdich aimed to keep as much of the operations on Islay as possible.

This continues to be evident in every part of our supply chain today, from the farmers we work with to harness different barley varietals (52% of annual production now uses Islay barley) to the breadth and depth of the operations on site at the distillery itself. Everything is conceived, distilled, bottled and matured on Islay.

In 2020, we became one of the only distilleries in the world to be B Corp certified, recognising our ongoing approach and ethos in terms of balancing profit and purpose. Our mission is to create the most thought provoking spirits we can while continuingly growing our commitment to people and the planet to ensure we use our business as a force for good.

Bruichladdich Distillery was purchased by our parent company, Remy Cointreau, in 2012. As a family owned business with a strong and shared ethos, we work closely together to invest in the values of the business, in being Islay-based, and in the local community.

Bruichladdich is a word that we know isn't necessarily the easiest to approach. It can be pronounced in its simplest form as 'brook-laddie'. Bruichladdich comes from the Scottish Gaelic 'Bruthach a' Chladaich' and the village in which the distillery is situated bears the same name.

The Bruichladdich name comes from the Scottish Gaelic 'Bruthach a' Chladaich', which means brae by the shore. Our distillery is situated right on the banks of Loch Indaal, in the village of Bruichladdich, so this speaks true to this day.

ABOUT OUR ISLAY SINGLE MALTS

At Bruichladdich Distillery, we distil, mature and bottle three unique Islay single malt scotch whiskies: Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore.

Bruichladdich is our unpeated Islay single malt. From our signature Classic Laddie that embodies our floral and elegant house style to our Barley Provenance series and our mysterious, Bruichladdich Black Art.

Port Charlotte is our heavily peated spirit and is the epitome of an Islay single malt. From Port Charlotte 10 through Port Charlotte Islay Barley and cask releases, our Port Charlotte spirit is born of Islay, our community and everything that means.

Octomore is our super-heavily peated single malt and the perfect example of our commitment to pushing the boundaries of single malt whisky. The most heavily peated single malt whisky in the world, Octomore defines itself outside of everyday whisky conventions and is pushed to the limit every year by our Head Distiller, Adam Hannett.

In simple terms, every one of our Bruichladdich Islay single malts is unpeated, our Port Charlotte releases are heavily peated and Octomore is super-heavily peated and is the most heavily peated whisky in the world. However, as three spirits from a single distillery, they share a lot in common - including the fact that they are all conceived, distilled, matured and bottled on Islay.

Every one of our Bruichladdich releases is unpeated but each tells its own distinct story. Housed in our infamous aqua blue bottle, Classic Laddie is not a recipe set in stone, but a distilling philosophy. Whilst our Barley Exploration series (including Bruichladdich Islay Barley, Bere Barley and Organic Barley) each champion the provenance and complexity of our essential raw ingredient. Black Art is the antithesis to our commitment to transparency and draws on the talent and vision of our Head Distiller each year.

Each of our Port Charlotte releases are peated to a heavyweight 40PPM. Trickle distilled through our tall, narrow necked still, the resulting rich and aromatic spirit has all the power of peat (as you would expect from our heavily peated single malt) with the elegance and finesse for which our stills are famous. As a range, Port Charlotte explores the complexities of natural whisky, through barley provenance (like our Islay Barley releases), cask influence (including Port Charlotte SC:01, which finished maturing in Sauternes wine casks) and the passing of time, as in Port Charlotte 10.

Octomore has defied received whisky wisdom since we first launched it, our third Islay single malt, in 2008. Matured for five years, always super-heavily peated and bottled close to cask strength, its surprising elegance led us to define it as “The Impossible Equation”. As an annual release, each new Octomore series aims to explore the very limits of single malt whisky; exploring barley provenance, terroir, varying peat levels and cask management in the pursuit of flavour. Head Distiller, Adam Hannett gets to push this liquid to its very limits every year and as a result sets himself his own challenge to create the unthinkable and imagine what many might think as unachievable.

The bold and memorable aqua colour of our Classic Laddie bottle is inspired by the vibrant colour of the waters outside the distillery on a bright spring day.

KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR WHISKY

Each batch of the Classic Laddie will, by nature, be unique and subtly different, and it is ultimately our Head Distiller who curates each assemblage of our finest spirits, to create the Bruichladdich house style. You can reveal you bottle's unique recipe here. Simply enter the five digit code found on the rear of the bottle, just below the back label.

You can find detailed information on each of our releases on the individual web page devoted to that product. This includes product specifications including barley provenance and maturation profile as well as tasting notes. We have taken the opportunity to update the design of our website and have archived some of our older website content, including product pages for our previous releases. If you have any queesitate to Contact Us and one of our team will be happy to assist.

The island of Islay is home to many world-famous Scotch whisky distilleries, many of whom produce a distinctly smoky spirit. While our Port Charlotte and Octomore single malts are heavily and super-heavily peated, all of our Bruichladdich releases are unpeated. We believe Islay is more than a flavour profile, and the community is at the heart of every decision we make. With an Islay-centric approach, all of our whiskies are exclusively distilled, maturated and bottled on the island.

In short, no. Under Scotch Whisky Association regulations, being called an Islay single malt does not demand being Islay grown, Islay malted, Islay matured or Islay bottled - or require the use of Islay water. However, at Bruichladdich Distillery we believe that to be called an Islay malt, the spirit needs to be born from our Island home and be woven into its being, from the barley we use (we currently use 52% Islay grown barley in our whiskies) to the location of our warehouses and the place where the final spirit it bottled. Each of our single malts is influenced by our very surroundings. Completely exposed to the full force of Atlantic storms the vapourised, salt-laden, sea-spray permeates the very fabric of the distillery.

At Bruichladdich Distillery, we have and always will reject the addition of caramel colouring or e150a. Used by many producers to standardise the appearance of their whisky, it also making it appear darker than it really is. All of our whiskies’ colour comes from the cask.

Chill-filtering is a cosmetic process that strips whisky of its natural oils. When bottling at 40%, the oils cause cloudiness, so many distillers remove them to improve aesthetics. We would rather have a haze in our glass and retain flavour and viscosity for a maximum mouthfeel.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT

Yes you can. We are currently open seven days a week from 10.00am - 5.30pm, moving to Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 5.30pm from the end of October through to the end of March. There are different tour experiences on offer to suit different tastes and we are always ready to welcome you at the Laddie Shop, where you can buy releases from our four spirits (including The Botanist Gin) as well as accessories and merchandise.

You can book a tour here or if you would like to speak to someone, you can call our team at the distillery: Tel. +44 (0)1496 850 190. We currently offer a 1.5 hour Distillery Tour, a 1 hour Warehouse Experience as well as a Foraged Cocktail or Distilled experience for The Botanist.

Our Distillery Tour and The Botanist - Distilled experience can both accommodate all ages. However, the Warehouse Experience and Foraged Cocktail Experience are only available to book for over 18s.

Yes , you can book a tour for another person providing we have their correct name and contact details. Please make sure you have their permission before submitting their contact details to us. Alternatively, you can purchase a Gift Certificate for any of our tour offering, either for yourself or someone else, that can be used to book the relevant experience in the future.

If you are looking to arrange a VIP experience or media visit, please Contact Us and one of our team will be able to discuss your requirements.

We don't have a café or a restaurant on site but our team are always here to help point you in the direction of local amenities and offer recommendations. We are situated on the banks of Loch Indaal and at the beginning of the Loch Indaal way, connecting the village of Bruichladdich to Port Charlotte, with places to enjoy a picnic or refreshment with a view (subject to weather!).

We have a vast range of products on offer from whisky releases across all three of our Islay single malts, The Botanist Gin as well as merchandise, apparel, accessories and locally produced products from members of the Islay community. You will be able to find items that aren't available in our online shop or elsewhere - and if there is something specific you are looking for, or need any guidance on, our expert team are always ready and willing to help.

PURCHASING ONLINE

We always aim to bring a compelling line-up of our Islay single malt releases at any one time, available for you to purchase direct from Bruichladdich Distillery. For our annual releases or specific vintages, there will only ever be a finite amount of stock available which often means that once it is gone, it's gone. If a product is no longer available but still featured on the website, we will list it clearly as Out of Stock. If something is only temporarily out of stock but further stock will become available, we will make this clear for each product it applies to.

Sometimes, especially with our annual releases and specific vintages, our releases can sell out. Due to the nature of these releases, it is unlikely that further stock will be made available and so it will be listed as Out of Stock. If a release is going to come back into stock, we will feature it as Temporarily Out of Stock.

Not everything that is available to buy from our distillery shop on Islay is available online. However, please Contact Us if you cannot find what you are looking for and we will do what we can to help.

We regularly share news from our distillery and updates including new and exclusive bottlings in our email newsletter. You can sign up to our newsletter here.

Distillery Exclusives are only available to purchase directly from the distillery, online or in person from our distillery shop on Islay. They include previous Project releases, The Ternary Project and The Biodynamic Project.

In line with our sustainability values and our commitment to reduce unnecessary packaging and waste, we no longer offer a tin with our Bruichladdich or Port Charlotte bottles. Removing the secondary packaging means less steel will be used in the production of outer tins, and while tin plate is among the most widely recycled materials, the decision to remove it completely will eliminate energy and emissions used in production and transportation. For certain releases in the near future, you will be able to opt to order from us with a tin but we are removing outer packaging across our core single malt brands globally, starting with our heavily peated Port Charlotte.

Building on our ‘One Tin Lighter’ initiative which has already seen us save almost 5,000 tins through our online and distillery shop, we are removing outer packaging across our core single malt brands globally, starting with our heavily peated Port Charlotte. Part of our long-term vision to be more sustainable across all processes, we join a small group of forward-thinking single malt whisky producers on this sustainable endeavour, in a move we hope others will follow.

ORDERS, PAYMENT AND DELIVERY

You can pay for Products purchased from the Site by using any of the following cards: Visa, Mastercard, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Maestro/Switch and American Express. We do not accept payment by cheque.

Orders received before 2pm (GMT) will be delivered on the next working day delivery, though are not able to guarantee this. For Scottish Highlands and Channel Islands, orders may take up to 7 working days.

No, we do not currently offer a same-day service but endeavour to deliver all orders received before 2pm (GMT) on the next working day (for Scottish Highlands and Channel Islands, orders may take up to 7 working days).

Yes, your order can be delivered to a third party rather than your billing address. Simply enter the address you would like to send it to as the shipping address at the checkout.

Yes, we are happy to provide a VAT receipt for your order on request. This can be sent to you via email or post.

Once you have placed your order we will email you to confirm that it has been received. When your order has been dispatched from our warehouse we will send an additional email to let you know that it’s on its way to you. You will also receive a notification from DPD to let you know when your order is due to be delivered and will be able to manage your delivery preferences.

We aim to deliver all orders on the next working day, for all orders placed prior to 2pm (GMT), which means that the time between placing your order and preparing it for dispatch is short. If you have missed something from your order, please call us as soon as you can on 020 8152 4567 and we will be able to let you know if it can be added to your previous order.

If you have any questions relating to the status of your order then please don't hesitate to contact our customer service team at ukclientservices@bruichladdich.com or by phone on 020 8152 4567. Alternatively, if you have already been sent details of your delivery from our logistics partner, you are able to contact them directly.

RETURNS AND REFUNDS

We hope that each of our customers is satisfied with their order from Bruichladdich Distillery, but should you wish to cancel your order for any reason then please follow the process below:

To cancel, you must let us know in writing within seven working days from the day after you received your delivery. Please contact our customer service team at ukclientservices@bruichladdich.com and return your order in the same packaging and condition that it was received. Items are returned to us at your own cost. Once received, a full refund will be issued to you (including VAT, but excluding shipping costs).

If for any reason you are not happy with your order from us and wish to return an item for any reason, please follow the returns process below:

If you would like to return or exchange an unwanted item then please contact us within seven days of delivery. Items are returned to us at your own cost. Once we have received the item we can either refund the cost of the item (including VAT but excluding shipping costs), or send out a replacement item in exchange.

If your product is damaged or faulty, this must be reported to us within seven days of delivery. Please contact our customer service team at ukclientservices@bruichladdich.com or on 020 8152 4567 with details (including photographic evidence).

If the item has been damaged during transit, or if there is an issue with the product label or the quality of the product then we will arrange for the item to be collected by one of our logistics partners and will send you a return label and packaging, if required. Once we have received the item we will then send out a replacement item or arrange a refund. Refunds will include delivery charges.

If you wish to return any part of the order you placed with us, please follow the steps below. You are able to arrange return of the full order or any specific item, subject to the following:

If you would like to return or exchange an unwanted item then please contact us within seven days of delivery. Items are returned to us at your own cost. Once we have received the item we can either refund the cost of the item (including VAT but excluding shipping costs), or send out a replacement item in exchange.

If your product is damaged or faulty, this must be reported to us within seven days of delivery. Please contact our customer service team at ukclientservices@bruichladdich.com or on 020 8152 4567 with details (including photographic evidence).

If the item has been damaged during transit, or if there is an issue with the product label or the quality of the product then we will arrange for the item to be collected by one of our logistics partners and will send you a return label and packaging, if required. Once we have received the item we will then send out a replacement item or arrange a refund. Refunds will include delivery charges.

FÈIS ÌLE AND FESTIVAL DAY

Fèis Ìle is the Islay festival of music and whisky, taking place every year at the end of May into early June. It is a celebration of whisky, of Islay, and brings together people from all around the world. The next festival takes place between Friday 26th May to Saturday 3rd June 2023. The date and details of Bruichladdich Distillery's festival day will be revealed nearer the time.

Fèis Ìle 2023 is due to take place between Friday 26th May to Saturday 3rd June 2023. We will be revealing the date and details of Bruichladdich's festival day nearer to the time. To be amongst the first to know, please sign up to our newsletter and we will stay in touch with news, updates and other Bruichladdich magic.

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