Remy’s corporatization of Bruichladdich is finally upon us – We’ve all been wondering when the Remy buyout of indy-darling Bruichladdich distillery was going to really show its true nature. That time is here. We heard from WineBow this week (Bruichladdich’s American importer for the last decade) and it appears that their contract has been terminated. Remy will be taking over the importation from this point on. That may not seem like bad news to many of you, but it’s another long relationship thrown aside in the name of higher profits.
Oh……and this might make you a bit upset as well:
-Bruichladdich Rocks and Port Charlotte Peat Project will be discontinued effective immediately (we bought every last bottle we could)
-Bruichladdich “The Laddie” 10 year/PC 10 year will become allocated items and will take a price increase
-Bruichladdich “Organic” (maybe my favorite selection from the distillery) will no longer be available in the U.S. – travel retail only
-Bruichladdich “Octomore” will no longer be sold in the U.S. – duty free only.
-Bruichladdich Botanist Gin will take a $10 price increase per bottle
Hooray for corporate takeovers! No more Rocks! No more Port Charlotte Peat Project! More expensive Laddie, PC10, and Botanist! And the two best whiskies they make will only be available outside of the United States! Whoopie!!
I wonder what Jim McEwan is thinking right now? Our old spirits buyer Susan Purnell is probably weeping somewhere.
That being said, what’s left is left. If you’re a fan of the Rocks or the Peat Project, start stocking up. We’re expecting the latest (and now last) drop of Octomore 6.1 Bere Barley to arrive shortly, so you might want to squirrel one of those away as well.