I'd pick the Bruichladdich just on the strength of enjoying the visit--I always like going there, the folks are fun. And I suppose you could participate in the bottling, as they have their own bottling hall. I think Gordon (Spirit of Islay) could tell you more about this. ("I'd make a good Gordon, Gordon.") But Islay is a bit difficult and expensive to get to (Gordon can tell you about this, too, I think). Tullibardine would be more accessible--a short hop on SAS to Edinburgh and an hour's drive or so, with the advantage of basing yourself in Edinburgh and having plenty else to do (like hang out in the Bow Bar!).
that's twice i got mentioned in a posting here and didn't get called in either !
I can't elaborate anymore on what's already been stated , it's just a shame that Laddie stopped selling the Port Charlotte but i would still go for a Bourbon casked Laddie over a Tullibardine . I believe Kilchoman are taking orders for next years fillings but an untried spirit is a gamble , saying that the PC was a gamble and it paid off (so far!) .
Raymond used to only sell the peated Bladnoch but now he sells the standard Bladnoch which going off what i've tried has a decent future , it all really depends what you want , what you like (a cask of Ardbeg please if you reading this LVMH ......
Regarding cask type , A fresh sherry cask can be a bit over-powering sometimes , i think i timed the bloodtub just right , i personally prefer bourbon (the first cask i took shares in ) but i've also got shares in a refill Sherry (possibly 1st or 2nd refill ) and it will be a bit more subtle on the PC .
I posted all my experiences with my bloodtub on my site , click on the banner below then look under Bruichladdich , it's expensive but by god it's worth it when you get them lovely bottles in your hands , especially when it turns out so good !
As Mr TH says it's great to visit Bruichladdich , your made so welcome , you can visit your cask on a monday or thursday , get a wee sample and talk to soome very knowledgable people . They look after your cask very well .
Regarding getting to Islay , i believe the prices to fly in have dropped , the number of flights have definitely went up incl sunday flights now .
Does Easyjet (or one of the other budget airlines ) not fly from Sweden to Prestwick ? It's just a short train journey from Prestwick to Glasgow Airport (or a short drive to Ardrossan to do the ferry crossings the Wave way ) .
We always drive to Kennacraig to catch the ferry (256 miles from front door to terminal) usually overnight , it's amazing what wildlife you see travelling overnight (the fighting Glaswegian female types on holiday in Inveraray at about Midnight are very interesting.........) .