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Laphroaig Distillery. View of workers group, including Mrs Wishant-Campbell, alias Miss B. Williamson, far right. Also including range of worm-tubs in background, demolished c.1960.

SC 416722

Description Laphroaig Distillery. View of workers group, including Mrs Wishant-Campbell, alias Miss B. Williamson, far right. Also including range of worm-tubs in background, demolished c.1960.

Date c. 1934

Catalogue Number SC 416722

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 10507

Scope and Content 1930s photograph of workers, Laphroaig Distillery, Islay, Argyll The Laphroaig Distillery was established in the mid 19th century as part of a farm. It is a good example of the type of distillery which emerged after changes in the law in 1816 and 1823, and developed slowly to become a large production complex. This 1930s photograph shows the distillery workers assembled in front of the worm-tubs, later demolished in the 1960s. Spirit vapour flowing through copper pipes, or worms, was condensed by the cold water in the tubs. To make whisky, barley is allowed to germinate into malt. This is dried, milled and mixed with hot water to make wort which is fermented with yeast. The resulting wash is distilled to produce whisky which must then be matured in casks. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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