As the old owners of Bruichladdich (Invergordon, Jim Beam) never invested in this distillery during the eighties and nineties (and cut back production) the new owners faced a problem with the stocks from that period. Most casks were of a poor quality with depleted woods so the whisky was not really good (matured) - a problem that is known by the Bunnahabhain and Jura management too. So what to do? Jim and Marc had a great idea: They simply refilled the spirit into new, high quality casks that pushed the maturation significantly. And as Marc is the son of a wine trader he could easily buy high quality wine casks. That is where all these nice Laddie wine finishes come from - invented out of despair but created a new whisky style that is adored by many connoisseurs today. And this little trick to polish up below average whisky from depleted casks by refilling it into new (aggressive) casks is a common practice now throughout the whole whisky industry...This toast is to you - Jim, Marc and all the others at Bruichladdich that did the right things at the right time! Slainte mhath!