In victorian times when Bruichladdich distillery was built, all Scottish barley was organically grown, and the relationship of farmer with his soil and the seasons, and distiller with farmer were intimate and enduring. These natural rhythms and ties were lost as industrialised farming cut the ancient synergy of man, soil, crop, life. An age of super- efficient blandness was born; the cost â€“ a loss of soul, identity and definition.
With this whisky, in partnership with our organic farmers, Sir William Roberts of Mains of Tullibardine, William Rose at Mid Coul and Neil Scobie at Coulmore, we are reconnecting, rediscovering that soul. Once again land and dram united. Supreme quality barley combined with a slow trickle-distillation to do it justice, and some new oak has resulted in the creamiest spirit weâ€™ve ever seen. This is how it used to be in a more innocent age before the commercial pressures of computerised distilling and industrial conformity. Reflecting this, the tinâ€™s image is of brighde, pronounced â€œbrig-heed-herâ€, the gaelic goddess of fertility, harvest and home. She is a powerful spirit of the land and â€œmother of the islesâ€, she is the very life-force of the hebridean islands themselves.
The Organic now forms one of the central planks of the definitive Bruichladdich range. It retails at Â£34. For more information check out www.bruichladdich.com