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

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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