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Lagavulin Distillery. Interior view of selection of implements used at the malting stage (and germination).

SC 340745

Description Lagavulin Distillery. Interior view of selection of implements used at the malting stage (and germination).

Catalogue Number SC 340745

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 11533

Scope and Content Lagavulin Distillery, Islay Lagavulin was a site of well-established illicit distilling as early as 1742. It was established as a legal distillery in the early part of the 19th century. These are traditional implements which were used at the malting stage. For example, the shovel or 'shiel' was used to toss the malt into the air to cool it down while germinating. This was known as 'turning the piece'. To make whisky, barley is allowed to germinate into green malt. This is dried, milled and mixed with hot water to make wort which is extracted and fermented with yeast. The results are distilled to produce raw whisky which is then matured in casks. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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