Milestones
A timeline of achievements

  • 2001

     

    Re-opening

    Re-opened after seven years of closure. Would win Distillery of the Year for the first time, again subsequently in 2003, 2006 and 2007

  • 2003

    bottling hall

    Opening of on-site bottling hall, no longer outsourced to Scottish Mainland

     

    2003

  • 2005

     

    Queen’s Award

    Bruichladdich wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

  • 2010

    anaerobic digester

    Energy from anaerobic digester tested

    2010

  • 2010

     

    The Botanist Gin

    The Botanist Gin is first distilled

  • 2011

    Energy Institute

    Winner of The Energy Institute Environment Award

     

    2011

  • 2011

    Wastewater Heating

    Circulation system installed using wastewater from the stills to heat distillery offices, bottling hall and visitor centre.

  • 2011

    Circulation system

    Circulation system installed, using wastewater from the stills to heat distillery offices, bottling hall and visitor centre

    2011

  • 2015

     

    Phil Sharp

    Sponsorship of PS Racing begins; solo trans-Atlantic sailor and engineer active in renewables research including ‘race to zero emissions’

  • 2015

    THE BOTANIST FOUNDATION

    The Botanist Foundation is established by then-CEO Simon Coughlin, Jim McEwan retired Master Distiller, CEO Douglas Taylor, our late Head of Communications Carl Reavey and original botanists Richard and Mavis Gulliver. The Foundation would go on to support the RSPB on Islay, the Nature of Scotland awards, wildflower, biodiversity & pollinator initiatives and funding for a PHD student to explore conservation of Scottish juniper.

     

    2015

  • 2017

     

    Tree planting

    Planting of 7,500 trees around our Coultorsay warehouses

  • 2017

    Pollinator Initiative

    Collaborative research with the Islay Pollinator Initiative funded by The Botanist Foundation

     

    2017

  • 2018

    landfill reduction

    Between 2018 and 2019, we would divert 126 tonnes of landfill by recycling or reusing

  • 2018

    Wildflower conservation

    We have also worked to preserve wildflower populations throughout the distillery grounds. Some of our farming partners have also introduced wildflower conservation strips in barley fields to promote biodiversity, including sunflower strips.

     

    2018

  • 2018

     

    volunteer work

    Between 2018 and 2019, we completed 539 hours of volunteer work for our local community during work hours

  • 2019

    Purchase of Shore House Croft

    We purchased ‘Shore House Croft’. These 30 acres of unused croft land surround the distillery and will be used for research and development into sustainable agriculture.

     

    2019

  • 2019

     

    Living Wage

    Certified as Living Wage Employer. Improved maternity pay and flexible working introduced. Cycle to work scheme introduced and +11% headcount recruited .

  • 2019

    electric cars

    Distillery introduces two fully-electric cars for business travel

    2019

  • 2020

    100% green electricity

    From 1st May, 100% of the distillery’s electricity is sourced renewably in the UK

  • 2020

    we are a CERTIFIED B CORPORATION

    In May, we became the first whisky and gin distillery in Europe to become certified B Corporation.

     

    2020

  • 2020

     

    our people

    80 people now work for our distillery on Islay, a further 23 are based at our Glasgow office. In our 103 strong team, a diverse age range is represented, from 19 – 75 years of age. 61 are under the age of 40, 28 of those are under 30. A total of 43 are female. Eight of our 18 senior management are female. Those who have been promoted internally or have moved departments to increase their work/life balance total 41.

  • 2020

    Botanic Gardens

    The Botanist partners with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) to provide funding through The Botanist Foundation. The Global Botanic Garden Fund enables gardens to fund projects that further their work in the prevention of extinction of plants. So far we’ve supported projects in Italy, Uganda, Hawaii, Mexico and South Africa.

     

    2020

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