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Isle of Islay – part II Laphroaig Distillery

Isle of Islay – part II Laphroaig Distillery

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Laphroaig is located by a beautiful bay in the southern part of the island, just by the town of Port Ellen..

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Nearby there are Ardbeg and Lagavulin, as like charmingly situated and influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea.

Ardbeg Distillery, pagodas

Ardbeg Distillery

Castle ruins by the bay near Lagavulin Distillery, Islay of Islay

Castle ruins by the bay near Lagavulin Distillery

Laphroaig Distillery from the kiln side

Laphroaig Distillery

The distillery offers a few tours of which I chose Water to Whisky Experience – the longest and most comprehensive trip to the Laphroaig’s World.

We met about 1000 in the Visitors Centre, where we were welcomed by a large man in Scottish costume, not excluding of course the kilt. He began to speak, seems to be in Gaelic, with elements of English, but nevertheless I could not understand. I assume that he was greeting and offering a dram. I conclude this because after a while I held in my hand a glass of Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

Welcome dram - Laphroaig Quarter Cask miniature bottle availiable for drivers

Welcome dram – Laphroaig Quarter Cask

After it was emptied we were offered to leave shoes and put on provided wellies.

Now you can wade in the mud, Laphroaig Distillery, changing shoes on wellies

Now you can wade in the mud

We also met our tour guide Bryony. In her case, there were no communication difficulties as she used so-called common English. Next we marched by the hills and valleys to the Laphroaig’s water source.

Sheep and lambs everywhere in abundance, Laphroaig Distillery, local valleys and hills

Sheep and lambs everywhere in abundance

Lagavulin Distillery far in the distance, Laphroaig Distillery, local hills and valleys

Lagavulin Distillery far in the distance

Target achieved , we got to the water source, Laphroaig Distillery

Target achieved , we got to the water source

With access to water Laphroaig once had considerable trouble. As a result of feud the owner of a neighboring business Lagavulin cut off Laphroaig from access to this important element. Although the courts resolved the dispute, the distillery bought a strip of land from the coast to the water source in the mountains to avoid such problems in the future. The water used to produce whiskey flows through the moors and bogs, hence its color in its natural form is similar to the color of the finished product. Of course, at a later stage of production, in particular by distillation, before pouring into barrels, alcohol will be colourless.

The surrounding vegetation, Laphroaig Distillery

The surrounding vegetation

Water straight from its source, the taste with a hint of peat, Laphroaig Distillery

Water straight from its source, the taste with a hint of peat

Near the water source Bryony prepared a lunch for us, everything was very good and interesting example giving cheese or cakes made with whisky. By the way, we tasted Laphroaig 10 years old in cask strenght version.

Laphroaig Distillery, Laphroaig 10 years old cask strenght

Lunch by the water source Laphroaig

Then we went to the field of extraction and drying of peat. Quarter Cask dram accompanied by orange (very good combination) was also available.

Here wellies were essential Laphroaig Distillery, pola wydobywania torfu, peat bogs

Here wellies were essential

peat extraction, Laphroaig Distillery, pola wydobywania torfu, peat bogs

peat extraction

Laphroaig Quarter Cask in the peat surroundings Laphroaig Distillery, peat extraction

Laphroaig Quarter Cask in the peat surroundings

dry peat, ready to use in the drying and peating process of malt, Laphroaig Distillery

Dry peat, ready to use in the drying and peating process of malt

After cutting and preparing peat we returned to visiting the distillery. Laphroaig as one of the few Scottish distilleries still prepairs some malt on site. The rest is purchased from Port Ellen Maltings – a converted, former distillery, owned by Diageo.

The process of drying and peating is also done on site.

Malting floor, the floor for maturing and drying barley, waiting for barley pouring, Laphroaig Distillery

Malting floor, the floor for maturing and drying barley, waiting for barley pouring

The fermentation process is carried out in stainless steel vats. This raises the mash, yeasty smell and milky-yeasty taste.

fermentation tank, Laphroaig Distillery

fermentation vat

yeasty mash, Laphroaig Distillery

yeasty mash

Seven stills currently operates in Laphroaig.

stills in Laphroaig Distillery, tu następuje proces destylacji alkoholu

Stills

Distilled alcohol goes to the barrels and starts aging in warehouses.

Warehouse in Laphroaig Distillery, maturing whisky place

Warehouse Laphroaig Distillery

In the warehouses, accompanied by countless amounts of maturing whisky, we had the opportunity to taste and self bottle whisky straight from the barrel.

We could choose from distilates of 1997, 1999 and 2003 years.

straight from the cask whiksy pouring, single cask, cask strenght, Laphroaig Distillery

straight from the cask

self pouring, single cask, cask strenght, Laphroaig Distillery

self pouring

bottling, single cask, cask strenght, Laphroaig Distillery

bottling

Bottled whisky should be registered.

registration, Laphroaig Distillery

whisky registration

whisky registration, Laphroaig Distillery

whisky registration

There was shaking hands and trip to the bar left.

farewell handshake, Laphroaig Distillery

farewell handshake


Comments (2)

  1. Rafał

    18 November 2013 / 10:17

    Rewelacyjny fotoreportaż, przyjemnie ogląda się takie fotografie, pełne pasji po obu stronach obiektywu. Pozdrawiam.

    Reply

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