[Sold Out] Break Even XI: Bruichladdich Progressive Hebridean Distillers [2018.06.03.]

Break Even XI: Bruichladdich Progressive Hebridean Distillers

Sunday, June 3rd 2018, Hobart Tasmania


Bruichladdich – Progressive Hebridean Distillers
‘WE BELIEVE THAT WHISKY SHOULD HAVE CHARACTER; AN AUTHENTICITY DERIVED FROM WHERE IT IS DISTILLED AND THE PHILOSOPHIES OF THOSE WHO DISTIL IT’
 

‘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 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.’


Join Hoposphere on Sunday the 3rd of June 2018 for Break Even XI.

We will journey through 7 limited release single malts from the Bruichladdich Distillery, covering the Laddie, Port Charlotte, Islay Barley, DNA and Octomore range of whiskies. 

Including a 2012 bottling of the now discontinued Laddie 22, 1992 Black Arts 5.1 and a 27 Year Old Bruichladdich DNA Series that was distilled on the 27th of February 1985.

Light finger foods and a welcome drink will be provided on the night. 

Tickets are limited to just 24 people for this round.

 Tickets Limited: $60 Per Person // 24 Seats Only
When: Sunday, June 3rd 2018, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: The Worlds End Brewpub, Sandy Bay
Attire: Casual! No Wank or Whisky Snobbery

The Line Up: 
  • #1: Bruichladdich Distillery (Scotland) – Islay Barley 2009: Unpeated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky [50.0%] 

[ Limited Release ]

‘THIS 2009 VINTAGE WAS DISTILLED FROM GRAIN GROWN IN 2008 BY GILBIE MCCORMICK OF CLAGGAN, HUNTER JACKSON AT CRUACH, IAN MCKERRELL OF ISLAND AND ALASTAIR TORRANCE FROM MULINDRY.’

‘These farms are centrally located on the island, providing a very different terroir to the wild maritime location of our 2007 release from Rockside.

The Bruichladdich Islay Barley series celebrates the subtlety of terroir and our commitment to our Islay DNA.’

Islay Barley: 2009 Craggan, Cruach, Island and Mulindry Farms.

Bottle Date: 2016/05/17

Alcohol By Volume: 50.0% 


  • #2: Bruichladdich Distillery (Scotland) – Islay Barley 2010: Unpeated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky [50.0%] 

[ Limited Release ]

‘THIS IS A THOUGHT PROVOKING, UBER-PROVENANCE SINGLE MALT WHISKY DISTILLED FROM BARLEY GROWN BY EIGHT FAMILY FARMS ON OUR REMOTE SCOTTISH ISLAND HOME.’

‘Barley varieties Optic and Oxbridge were planted across the breadth of the island in 2009; gathering the harvests together was to result in this first ‘regional Islay release’ – the fifth in the Islay Barley series.

We distilled their spirit early in 2010 and it ran clean, rich and malty, before being filled into ex-Bourbon and French wine casks and matured in our warehouses by Loch Indaal.’

Islay Barley: 2010 Coull, Cruach, Dunlossit, Island, Mulindry, Rockside, Starchmill & Sunderland Farms.

Bottle Date: 2017/02/26

Alcohol By Volume: 50.0%


  •  #3: Bruichladdich Distillery (Scotland) – The Laddie Ten Second Limited Edition: 10 Year Old Unpeated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky [50.0%] 

[ Limited Release ]

‘LIKE THE ILLUSTRIOUS WINEMAKERS WHO INSPIRE US, WE CELEBRATE THE VARIETY AND EXCITEMENT THAT ACCOMPANIES A GREAT VINTAGE OR EDITION. WE BELIEVE CHARACTER IN SINGLE MALTS IS TO BE CELEBRATED, NOT REPLICATED, WHICH MEANS THAT EVERYTHING WE DO IS NECESSARILY LIMITED. FINITE. IT CAN NEVER BE REPEATED.’

‘This unpeated ten year old is a powerful, youthful individualist. It has not been homogenised or subject to the industrial processes and caramel additives that strip out natural oils and artificially darken. Its colour is derived entirely from great casks, housed on Islay for a decade or more. Unpeated Islay Single malt. First-fill Bourbon, sherry and French wine casks. Bottled at 50% alc. vol. using Islay Spring water. 18,000 individually numbered bottles only.’

 Cask Type: First-Fill American Oak Bourbon, Sherry, and French Wine Casks

Date Bottled: 2016/10/12

Alcohol By Volume: 50.0%


  • #4: Bruichladdich Distillery (Scotland) – The Laddie 22: The Classic Twenty Two Unpeated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky [46.0%] 

[ Sold Out / Discontinued ] 

‘CONTINUITY. AGELESS VALUES. TIME IS SIMPLY IMMATERIAL FOR THE ARTISAN DISTILLER. YEARS PASS BY. THE GRIST IS GROUND, THE MASH STEAMS, THE WORT SIMMERS, THE SPIRIT TRICKLES. AND THE ANGELS GET THEIR SHARE. THE BATON MAY GET PASSED ON, A NEW GENERATION’S IDEAS, BUT BRUICHLADDICH – THE HEART AND SOUL OF BRUICHLADDICH – ALWAYS REMAINS REASSURINGLY IMMUNE TO TIME.’

‘This spirit, stowed away in our loch-side warehouses, has slumbered for over two decades, respiring the invigorating marine air of the wild Atlantic. This is classic spirit, with the “Laddie” 10 and the 16, it shares a genealogy, a lineage and a philosophy that is the very essence of Bruichladdich.’

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels

Casks Filled: 1988-1990

Bottle Date: 2012/10/04

Alcohol By Volume: 46.0%


  • #5: Bruichladdich (Scotland) – Black Arts 1992 Edition 5.1 Unpeated 24 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky [48.4%]

[ Limited Release ] 

‘THE FIFTH INCARNATION OF THIS NOW LEGENDARY SINGLE MALT IS THE FIRST BY HEAD DISTILLER ADAM HANNETT. AS ENIGMATIC AS EVER, THE COMPOSITION OF CASKS REMAINS A MYSTERY.’

“Just before Master Distiller Jim McEwan retired in 2015 he took me to one side and handed me his recipe for the next iteration, Black Art 5.  It was an emotional moment, the handing over of responsibility of one of the greatest drams we’ve ever created.  I have to say I took the recipe from Jim’s hand and dutifully ignored it. 

This had to be my Black Art.”   —  Adam Hannett, Head Distiller

Cask Type: American & French Oak

Casks Filled: 1992

Bottle Date: 2017/01/11

Alcohol By Volume: 48.4%


  • #6: Bruichladdich Distillery (Scotland) – Bruichladdich 1985 DNA Archive Edition 4: MCMLXXXV ’85/27 Rare Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky [49.3%] 

[ Sold Out / Limited Release ]

EDITION 4 IN THE DEFINITIVE BRUICHLADDICH ‘DNA’ SERIES. SELECTED CASKS OF OUR RARE 1985 SPIRIT. A GLIMPSE INTO THE VERY SOUL OF BRUICHLADDICH SINGLE MALT.’

‘Distilled on the 27th of February, 1985. The year that Orson Welles died.’

“I started at the top and worked my way down.”

Cask Type: American Oak Bourbon, European Oak Sherry Casks.

Date Distilled: February 27th, 1985

Casks Filled: February 1985 – Aged 27 Years

Bottle Number: 1345/1698

Bottle Date: 2012/08/22

Alcohol By Volume: 49.3%


  • #7: Bruichladdich Distillery (Scotland) – PC10 Second Limited Edition: 10 Year Old Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky [50.0%]

[ Sold Out / Limited Release ] 

‘PORT CHARLOTTE SINGLE MALTS ARE AN ENIGMA. WHILE HEAVILY PEATED, THEY ALSO POSSESS A SURPRISING FINESSE, AN ELEGANT COMPLEXITY CREATED BY MEN DISTILLING AT A SLOW TRICKLE. THIS MAXIMISES CONTACT BETWEEN SPIRIT AND COPPER STILL, CLEANSING OUR NEW MAKE OF MEDICINAL NOTES WHILE PRESERVING A SMOKY ATLANTIC FRESHNESS.’

‘The smouldering heat of peat and dark fruit is finessed by floral top notes, a twist of citrus and mellow oak. Full term in first-fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and French wine casks. Bottled at 50% alc. vol. using Islay Spring water. Heavily peated Islay Single malt – 40ppm. 18,000 individually numbered bottles only.’

Cask Type: First Fill American Oak Bourbon, European Oak Sherry, Tempranillo and French Oak Wine Casks

Bottle Date: 2016/10/19

Alcohol By Volume: 50.0%


  • #8: Bruichladdich Distillery (Scotland) – Octomore Edition 07.1/208 PPM Scottish Barley: Super Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky [59.5%] 

[ Limited Release ] 

‘EACH NEW OCTOMORE GENERATES A HUGE AMOUNT OF ANTICIPATION AND EXCITEMENT. CONNOISSEURS OF SINGLE MALTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD HAVE CREATED A CULT FOLLOWING FOR THE WORLD’S MOST HEAVILY PEATED WHISKY SERIES.’

‘Each release is a powerful illustration of the art of the master distiller. Each is necessarily unique, limited, finite, a celebration of nuance. It can never be reproduced.’

‘For Octomore 07.1 barley harvested from mainland Scotland was peated to 208ppm. Five years in American oak. Bottled at 59.5%. Octomore stands alone.’

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels

Casks Filled: 2009-2010 – Aged 5 Years

Bottle Date: 2016/11/08

Alcohol By Volume: 59.5%


Tickets Limited: $60 Per Person // 24 Seats Only
When: Sunday, June 3rd 2018, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: The Worlds End Brewpub, Sandy Bay
Attire: Casual! No wank or whisky snobbery


The Next Break Even Tasting: 
Break Even XII: The Dregs Round 2: Port & Sherry Single Casks [2018.06.17.]

Sunday, June 17th 2018, Hobart Tasmania

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