Interview: Bruichladdich Master Distiller Jim McEwan

How life on the isle of Islay, Scotland inspired a famed master distiller to help resurrect the historic whisky distillery

Sharing a glass of Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006, master distiller Jim McEwan marvels over the oil content in the class. After decades at Bowmore and garnering countless awards, McEwan was tasked to reopen Bruichladdich in 2000 and restore some hope and much needed jobs in Islay, Scotland. At a recent tasting in Los Angeles, in anticipation of the release of their heavily peated Octomore 6.3 …