Tour Guest at Laphroaig Peat Banks, Islay, Scotland

This morning, focus was on Laphroaig . En-route to the distillery we stopped for photos at Laphroaig’s peat reserves and spoke with one of the operatives who pointed out that Laphroaig is the only distillery on Islay which uses hand-cut, as opposed to machine cut, peat for the malting process. Hand cutting results in more water retention which is beneficial in the malting kiln.(See image no 6 below.)

On arrival at Laphroaig guest joined the Distillers Wares Tour which lasted about 2 hrs 30 mins. In addition to visiting the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes this tour included sampling of various single malts and an own bottling.

Laphroaig Peat Stack, Islay, Scotland

 

 

Laphroaig Distillery, islay, Scotland

Maturing Whisky at Laphroaig Distillery

Distillation at Laphroaig Distillery, Islay

Fermentation at Laphroaig Distillery, Islay

Malting barley with peat at Laphroaig Distillery, Islay

Malting Floor at Laphroaig Distillery

Upon return to Bowmore in early afternoon one member of the group joined the standard tour of Bowmore Distillery, which lasted about one hour, whilst the other guest was taken on a tour to the nearby island of Jura. This remote and quiet island is home to between 6000 and 7000 Red Deer plus other wildlife. In course of our short tour of Jura we saw small numbers of deer, encountered cattle on the road and were impressed by the stunning and remote scenery.

Jura Distillery, Scotland

Craighouse Harbour, Jura

Strait of Islay from Jura, Scotland

Paps of Jura from Jura Ferry

Highland Cow, Jura, Scotland

Deer, Jura, Scotland

Stag, Jura, Scotland

Tomorrow, we visit Lagavulin and Ardbeg distilleries before returning to the Scottish mainland.

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