Bruichladdich’s Jim McEwan to Retire

Bruichladdich Distillery has announced that after more than 52 years in the business, Jim McEwan, Production Director and Master Distiller at Bruichladdich is retiring in July 2015.

Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich Master Distiller

Jim McEwan in Sydney 2014

Jim McEwan joined Bruichladdich in the year 2000 and brought the distillery to life. He leaves behind a legacy and a remarkable portfolio of single malts that include the Octomore, the most heavily peated single malt and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.

Jim McEwan said: “This has been an incredible journey. As I take a small step across the road to spend more time with my wife and family, I leave behind a truly great team of eighty men and women who will carry this distillery and its spirit forward. I am so proud to have been able to play my part in nurturing what was an incredible opportunity, to bring this old distillery back to life and reinvest in Islay and its people.”

Gourmantic had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Jim McEwan in 2014 during his #jimdownundertour. Read what Jim had to say about Bruichladdich and The Botanist Gin in our one on one interviews.


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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.