While on Islay, there were some visits in other distilleries..
It would be difficult to avoid Bowmore Distillery, which is now owned by a Japanese tycoon Suntory.
In Bowmore as in Laphroaig part of barley is still malted in place, hence the use of the so-called malting floors. Seed should be spread evenly over the floor, regularly mix to provide oxygen and maintain a relatively controlled atmospheric conditions.
This process must be kept for a few days from 5 to 7 (varies depending on time of year and weather conditions), so that barley can sprout respectively.
There are four stills working in Bowmore Distillery.
The distillery is beautifully situated on the shores of a long bay. The tasting bar is equipped with tall windows overlooking the sea and the other side of the bay, where you can find the Bruichladdich Distillery.