Before he takes a step back from public life, Jim McEwan will be raising a toast to support Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. This will be an evening of Film, stories and conversation which will take you on a journey through the life and whiskies of Jim McEwan for one final event in aid of one of Islay’s most valuable services.

The Water of Life Director Greg Swartz enjoying a dram with Jim McEwan

After a lifetime spent creating some of the world’s finest whiskies, Jim has decided it’s now time to take a step back and be a full-time husband and grandfather. Jim has inspired a generation of distillers, blenders, and fans. He feels that it’s now time for them to carry the message forward. So, join us for one more chat with the man himself. One more night with Jim, his stories, insights… and a raise a toast to the man who has touched so many lives.

Over the past four months Jim McEwan’s story has been told through The Water of Life – a whisky film; through drams with Dramfool’s Jim McEwan Signature Collection; and in print with Jim’s biography, A Journeyman’s Journey, co-authored by Udo Sonntag and published by Plassen Verlag.

Today the companies who have helped share Jim’s story with the world have come together with Jim to help support Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

The event has two ticket options. Both tickets include access to The Water of Life Film for 48 hours (May 22nd & 23rd), a link to join a virtual online chat with Jim on Sunday, May 23rd, and tasting kits you can enjoy while watching the film. The Gold Collection ticket also includes a copy of The Journeyman’s Journey which includes a letter signed by Jim.

This is not a tasting or a masterclass. These drams are meant to be enjoyed while viewing the film or reading the book. Or kept as souvenirs. This event is a celebration of Jim, including a wee surprise or two.

Alternatively you can also access the event for only US$20 with 25% of the proceeds going to charity.

Gold Collection Ticket (SOLD OUT) – Available to purchase through Dramfool
Limited to 50 tickets – £185 (£25 from each ticket will be donated to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance)

With this collection you’ll receive access to The Water of life Film, a copy of The Journeyman’s Journey (German or English edition) along with a signed letter from Jim, a Gold Collection tasting kit and access to a zoom link to join the chat with Jim McEwan on Sunday, May 23rd.

The tasting kit has 6 drams which are a liquid timeline of Jim’s career – from his era at Bowmore, through some of his unique Bruichladdich drams (including Jim McEwan Signature Collection Journey’s End dram and a rare Lochindaal), and ending with Jim’s newest and yet to be bottled single malt from The Cape Byron Distillery in Australia. This will be a unique opportunity to taste the dram that Jim says will be his final whisky. It’s not going to be bottled for at least another year, but he’s eager to share an advanced taste with you all.

  • Bowmore 20 – 50.7% ABV – 20 year old David Simpson, Double Matured in Oloroso and PX Sherry Casks
  • Bruichladdich – 46% ABV – Resurrection 2001/2008
  • Bruichladdich – 40% ABV – 10 year old, 1990’s bottling pre reopening
  • Jim McEwan Signature Collection – Journey’s End – Islay Barley 2010 – 55.9 ABV – 16/09/2010 1st fill Banyul Cask
  • Dramfool – Lochindaa l 2009 – 62.1% ABV – 01/09/2009 1st fill Bourbon
  • Cape Byron – 48% ABV – Cask #17, Ex Bourbon Cask

Silver Collection Ticket – Available to purchase through Dramfool
Limited to 300 tickets- £50 (£10 from each ticket will be donated to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance)

This collection includes access to The Water of Life film, a Silver Collection tasting kit and access to a zoom link to join the chat with Jim McEwan on Sunday, May 23rd.

The tasting kit has 4 drams which takes you through Bowmore and some of Bruichladdich’s finest drams:

    • Bowmore 15 year old – 43% ABV
    • Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 – 50% ABV
    • Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2012 – 50% ABV
    • Octomore 11.1 – 59.4% ABV – 5 year old 136.9PPM

Click here for information about of The Journeyman’s Journey
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About The Water of Life – a whisky film
The Water of Life is a feature documentary that focuses on the craftsmen, chemists, and renegades at the heart of the whisky revolution that turned the stagnant scotch whisky industry of the 1980s into the titan it is today.

Starting behind the locked gates of an abandoned distillery, Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier share their personal experiences of the risk-taking and wild experimentation they used to turn Bruichladdich into a creative and financial powerhouse.

The film also takes you on the journeys of visionaries like Gordon & MacPhail, Billy Walker, Rachel Barrie and David Stewart, whose mixture of talent, chemistry, hard work, grit, and a little sprinkle of magic paved the way for the next generation of innovators like Adam Hannett, Kelsey McKechnie, Liam Hughes, Iain Croucher, and Eddie Brook.

The Water of Life is a uniquely personal perspective on the evolution of whisky by those who lived it – the story of those who played a key part in rediscovering the crafting of the ancient spirit.

About the Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

SCAA currently operates two helicopters, both EC135-T2is, and two rapid response vehicles – taking expert paramedic care to the scene of time-critical emergencies. SCAA then transports patients to hospitals all over Scotland to receive the most appropriate medical care.

Working in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), SCAA is an integral part of Scotland’s frontline emergency response network, responding to trauma incidents and medical emergencies across the country, covering an area of more than 30,000 square miles.

As Scotland’s only charity air ambulance, SCAA is funded by the people of Scotland, primarily through donations, fundraising, events and our life-saving lottery.

  • I met with Jim personally back in May 2001 just prior to the official reopening of Bruichladdich distillery at his upstair Office. Still have his personal card with me. Now a prized possession.
    I revisited the Island on 2011 but was overwhelmed with the presentation of the sales area in comparison to the original area. Went on up the hill to Conisby to scatter Aunt Anne’s ashes with other family. Felt sorry to have missed the opportunity to re acquaint with Jim.

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