One of the most iconic images of my trip to Islay last year was Bruichladdich’s copper pot still. It’s a bit of a shock to read it is on the move – to Ireland. It is heading to the coppersmiths to be refurbished before being transferred to Waterford where it will provide whisky entrepreneur, Mark Reynier, with an interim solution for a new still house. The recent successful years for the whisky industry have created unprecedented demand for copper pot stills and people are waiting years for new ones. Reynier and his partners have purchased an old Guinness brewery in Waterford.
It already holds much of what is required to distil whisky but lacks a still house and distillation equipment. Reynier was part of the private consortium which purchased Bruichladdich in 2000 and managing director until its sale to Remy Cointreau in 2012. Bruichladdich chief executive, Simon Coughlin, says: “We are delighted to be able to help Mark … and we now have the enjoyable task of deciding what to do to replace it.”