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Whisky Connoisseurs at Caol Ila Distillery

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Bowmore and proceeded on a tour as follows:

First to Caol Ila Distillery where we joined the standard tour at 9.30 am. As with all distillery tours we shown the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes culminating in a tasting. Unfortunately, photography of the interior was not permitted.Key facts concerning Caol Ila:

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Sampling whisky at Kilchoman, Islay, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Bowmore and embarked on a trip as follows:

  • First to Kilchoman Distillery. Here we joined the 10.00 am tour led by a very able guide. Kilchoman is the youngest and smallest distillery on Islay having commenced production in 2005 and now produces about 140, 000 litres of spirit p.a.This distillery is very traditional, being based on  a working farm, has its own maltings floor and sources about 30 pct of required barley from own fields with balance from Port Ellen Maltings on Islay.

Sampling from Mash Tun at Kilchoman Distillery, Scotland

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Islay Whisky Shop, Bowmore, Scotland

This morning, I collected guests from Glasgow Airport and then, after a short detour to Port Glasgow and Greenock, drove west past Loch Lomond, Rest And Be Thankful and Inveraray to the ferry port of Kennacraig.

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