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A Victorian distillery re-imagined for the future

Slumbering in our loch-side warehouses on Islay, our whiskies breathe the maritime air of Loch Indaal all their maturing life. A fresh salt-citrus tang is a signature accent of Bruichladdich single malts.

Since Bruichladdich’s resurrection in 2001, our ambitions have gone beyond the simple idea of making and selling single malt scotch whisky. Our goal was to be an antidote to the industry norm.

We believe our spirits should have character; an authenticity derived from where they are distilled and the philosophies of those who distil them.

There are many attributes we share with our distant Gaelic forefathers: stubborn, resolute, self-sufficient, tough, hard-working, enduring, straight-talking, emotional, passionate, philosophical and engaging… perhaps with a certain roguish quality.

We are proudly nonconformist, as has always been the way in these Western Isles – Oirthir Gaidheal, the Coast of the Gaels, the land of the outsider.

We passionately believe in terroir – in authenticity, place and provenance, in ultimate traceability. We seek to produce the most natural, thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating & enjoyable spirits possible. Obsessive? Probably – but if all you want is generic spirit, the world is awash with the stuff.

We respect the past but don’t live in its shadow. We believe in innovation and progress, while striving to create intriguing spirit – a spirit with flawless integrity and provenance. We are curious and restless – we never leave well enough alone.

We believe in asking questions, in moving forward regardless of industry convention or the status quo. We continue to rebel against the staid world of Scotch whisky. We pioneer the foraging movement in gin. Confronting transparency, and reconnecting with nature.

This is not one distillery with one style of spirit; this is one project to break every boundary, to challenge every convention.

Our commitment to our island, our community and our workforce is total, but underpinning everything is the quality of our spirit. Over this, there can be no compromise.

Any artisanal, living product should speak of the place from which it comes, of the people who have created and nurtured it; of the soil, the air, the geography that influence it – of PLACE. These are the reasons we distil, mature and bottle only on Islay. Our commitment to keeping as much of our process here, is not just about protecting that signature salt-citrus tang which comes from Islay maturation. It is also in a commitment to our local community, to providing professional jobs for our locals, and in developing out talent from our remote island home.

Hebridean may refer to Islay and its position as the southernmost island in the inner Hebrides but our position in an archipelago of western islands is not what defines us. We are more than a grid reference on a map. Hebridean runs through our people and our values, those that shape who we are and the decisions we make.

In our community, longevity is valued over speed or symbols of status. Barter thrives. Collective memory, common ownership, gentle defiance, proud non-conformism. These have always been the ways in these Western Isles, but they are threads that still run through our society.

We set course to be pioneers, provocateurs and change makers. Reconnecting the land and the dram, re-evaluating the prescribed ‘rules’ of the industry, questioning where flavour comes from and understanding why agricultural ecosystems are important. This was a journey that would go on to inspire an army of distillers and drinkers across the world.

And as we continue this path, we discover that the more we learn, the more we know we need to do. Today, our commitments to people and the planet grow stronger, ensuring we use our business as a force for good.

We have a long-term vision to be more sustainable in all we do.

We are working to reduce the impact of our operations and become more environmental in our actions, all with a heightened sensitivity to growing within our island home. We must ensure our impact is positive, that we continue to improve the quality of life for our planet and our people. Only with a clear vision, holistic approach and a solid foundation, will future generations be inspired to take over as custodians.

Our distillery is home to four unique spirits; Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore single malt whiskies and The Botanist Islay dry gin. Here we outline our ambitions under four key pillars of sustainability; Agriculture & Biodiversity, Packaging & Waste, Islay & Community, and Energy.

We are reducing our carbon emissions and introducing greener sources of energy where possible. Ultimately, our ambition is to decarbonise distillation (within Scope 1 and 2) by 2025.

We will continue our research into sustainable agriculture, exploring the models necessary to make them viable. We will be traceable and transparent. We will continue our progressive approach to growing and buying barley.

We are on a mission to use less and use better. From production to packaging, we will reduce our impact and reduce our waste.

Our social, economic and environmental impact on this island must be a positive one. Our communities on Islay and beyond will continue to be at the heart of every decision we make.

Go One Tin Lighter:

At our Victorian distillery, we’re familiar with repurposing and retrofitting; ever curious, ever questioning. Focussed on leaving behind a better legacy, we are addressing our packaging in the same spirit.

When we place so much importance on provenance, community, sustainability and transparency, it seems strange to consider packaging as a way of adding value. In our mission to use less and use better, we questioned whether our whisky needed a tin at all.

Now is the time for positive action. As the new default, we’re removing our tins on our web-shop and in our distillery shop. Today, we ask you to support this decision by leaving the tin out of your basket. Long-term, that’s one less tin produced and transported, one less tin shipped back off Islay, and one big vote of confidence for a more progressive future.

Our aim is to one day remove all of our tins globally. It’s a massive task but one that’s achievable if we start one tin at a time. Start with us today and choose to go one tin lighter.

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