Today is the final day of our Islay tour.

We departed our lodgings in Port Ellen and embarked on a distillery themed tour as follows:

Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

First to nearby Laphroaig where guests joined a Tour and Tasting commencing 10.00 am. This last about two hours and culminated in a bottling by individual tour participants.Key features of Laphroaig are:

  • Retains traditional floor maltings which supply about 15 pct of requirements.
  • Established 1810.
  • Capacity 3.3m litres p,a,
  • Renowned as a heavily peated malt.
  • Key product is a 10 year old.

Video clip of Whisky stills at Laphroaig Distillery

Bottling Whisky from the Cask at Laphroaig, Islay

Stillman at Laphroaig Distillery, Islay

Fermentation at Laphroaig Distillery, Islay

Kiln Room at Laphroaig, Islay, Scotland

Maltings at Laphroaig, Islay

Maltings Floor at Laphroaig Distillery

Laphroaig Distillery, Islay, Scotland

After Laphroaig we drove round to nearby Ardbeg Distillery where we had lunch at the Distillery’s restaurant.

Next to nearby Lagavulin which is owned by drinks giant, Diageo.

Here guests joined the Premium Tasting Tour at 1.30 pm. Key features of Lagavulin are:

  • Established 1817.
  • Capacity 2.35m litres p,.a.
  • Product is peated with peated malt sourced from Port Ellen Maltings.
  • Key product is a 12 year old.

Tasting at Lagavulin Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Lagavulin Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Next to Ardbeg where we joined the 3.30pm tour. This was led by a very able guide who showed us the mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes culminating in a tasting. Ardbeg is owned by whisky distiller, Glemnorangie and ultimately LVMH of France. Key features of Ardbeg are:

  • Founded 1815.
  • Produces about 1.25m litres p.a.
  • Product is peated.
  • Sources peated malt from Port Ellen Maltings.
  • Key product is a 10 year old.

Ardbeg Single Malts, Islay, Scotland

Ardbeg Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Finally, we drove about 6 miles to nearby Kildalton Cross, a masterpiece of 8th century religious art which is 2.65 metres high and remains standing in the original position where it was first erected over 1200 years ago. The adjacent ruined church dates from the 13th century and was abandoned by 1700.

Kildalton Cross, Islay, Scotland

Tomorrow, we catch the morning ferry to Kennacraig on the Scottish mainland and then transfer by another ferry to the Isle of Arran.

Final version of this post was delayed due to poor quality WiFi on Islay.

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