Blog: Olly WehringBruichladdich master distiller Jim McEwan - one of the Scotch greats

Olly Wehring | 30 April 2015

To London yesterday evening for what turned out to be quite a treat of a whisky tasting. I've been to more tastings than you've had hot dinners (if you've had less than about 50 hot dinners) and, while I can't think of one that I haven't enjoyed, last night's may have topped them all.

After 52 years in the Scotch whisky industry, Jim McEwan, master distiller at Bruichladdich on Islay, is retiring next month. McEwan was our host yesterday at an event to launch the distillery's new Octomore 7.1.

I'd not met Jim before yesterday's tasting and I immediately regretted that. A typically bluff Scot, with a way with words and an anecdote for every day of his 52 years in the industry, he was a captivating host. My favourite story of his?

Sales of Heinz Salad Cream on Islay used to be sky-high, right up until the fiscal authorities clamped down on distilling. The reason for this?

The bottles were the perfect fit through the bung-hole of a barrel.

Enjoy your retirement, Jim.

Sectors: Spirits

BLOG

Starbucks jumps on gin bandwagon

Starbucks has become the latest company to tap into the gin craze, with the launch of Starbucks Reserve Gin Barrel-Aged Cold Brew....

NEWS

Diageo targets Millennials to spur gin, single malt growth in Latin America

The president of Diageo's Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) unit has said Millennial consumers in the region are driving interest in the "untapped" single malt Scotch whisky category, as well as in gi...

BLOG

Feeling Blue on Monday? Help is at hand

It may not be scientific, but the third Monday in January has been coined 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year. Dreamed up in the UK by a psychologist commissioned by a holiday company ...

NEWS

Edrington raises curtain on The Macallan distillery - video

Edrington has officially opened the new distillery for its The Macallan single malt Scotch whisky brand, with the project costing GBP40m (US$54m) more than initially stated....

BLOG

Bad day on the beer? This'll help

If you work for a brewer and are having a rough week, take a minute to regain some perspective with this, from the good people at US craft beer producer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co....

BLOG

Brewers Association "bid" to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev strikes a chord

Is this a case of if you can't beat them, buy them?...



Forgot your password?