Bruichladdich today announced that its Master Distiller Jim McEwan is to retire in July after 52 years.
Jim joined the independent company that was to drive the renaissance of the then mothballed Bruichladdich Distilery, on Islay in 2000. Describing it as the “Cinderella” distillery, he released an innovative and thought-provoking portfolio of single malts that challenged previous perceptions in the category.
Jim has been the architect of a distillation programme of unparalleled complexity through which has explored barley variety, provenance, traceability and the concept of terroir. He leaves a legacy of over twenty different spirit styles maturing in the company warehouses sitting close to the shores of his beloved Loch Indaal.
He recently spoke with Mike Gillespie from Whiskycast about the upcoming retirement in which i heard him say one of the most delightful ways to say goodbye
"I have matured and I am ready to be bottled"
He leaves behind this wonderful distillery in good hands as it continues to give us some of Islays dramtasic whiskies