The Home Gathering in Bowmore Hall last Saturday saw the launch of a unique bottle to celebrate the big anniversary. Speaking to the Ileach, Master Distiller Jim McEwan said: The distilleries wanted to come together and join in the celebrations of this momentous event. We have created a unique vatted malt using whisky from all eight of Islay iconic brands. I was keen to make this a truly memorable dram, with its own particular character and made a conscious decision to avoid creating something that could be compared to the magnificent, heavily peated  malt.

To do this, I have used the (in)famous X4 as the Bruichladdich element. This is the dram inspired by the ancient, powerful, ˜Perilous Whisky about which Martin Martin wrote in 1695: One sip and you live forever, two sips you go blind, three sips and you expire on the spot. Happily, the X4 is tempered by its elegant colleagues in this instance, and the finished product presented at a more civilised 50% abv. I am absolutely delighted by the result. We have produced just 150 individually numbered bottles, some of which have been distributed to each distillery.


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