The silent Parkmore Distillery

Whisky, that was: Parkmore Distillery

The Parkmore Distillery in Dufftown is largely unknown, even among whisky enthusiasts, for the simple reason that there is nothing left of its whisky. (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter) The short history of the Parkmore Distillery started during the late Victorian boom years, in 1894. Over the next few decades it was sold and re-sold several times, and eventually ended up in the hands of Scottish … Continue reading Whisky, that was: Parkmore Distillery

Spirit still details

Pic of the Month: Details of a Copper Pot Still

Details of a copper pot still at the Glenfarclas Distillery (Speyside, Scotland) The spirit stills at Glenfarclas are some of the largest I have ever seen in Scotland! With 21,200 litres they are larger than the wash stills in many distilleries. The round structure in the centre is the boil ball. It causes less volatile  substances (i.e. those boiling at a higher temperature) in the … Continue reading Pic of the Month: Details of a Copper Pot Still

Maltman

Scotch Whisky in Pictures: The Balvenie Distillery

If you travel to Dufftown, the centre of the (whisky-) world, you cannot avoid noticing the whisky behemoth, Glenfiddich Distillery. Its smaller cousin, The Balvenie, is much less conspicuous although it is practically next door and not exactly a small distillery either. With 5.6m litres of alcohol distilled per year The Balvenie is currently ranking 10th among the Scotch whisky distilleries, but hidden away behind … Continue reading Scotch Whisky in Pictures: The Balvenie Distillery

Gallery: The Viking Spirit

  During the last week of October 2016 the world’s most northerly distillery produced its first new-make whisky spirit.  The Aurora Spirit Distillery only went into operation a few moths ago and had so far only produced Aquavit, Vodka and Gin, but finally they were ready for the King of Spirits! Here is a gallery of images from this memorable event. Continue reading Gallery: The Viking Spirit

View from a former warehouse, Ballechin Distillery

Scotch Whisky History: Ballechin Distillery

The Ballechin Distillery, east of Aberfeldy in Perthshire, closed for good in 1927 and only some ruins remain right beside the A827 today. However, recently Ballechin whisky was granted a new lease of life… Founded in 1810, the Ballechin Distillery was already in operation for more than 70 years when the famous Alfred Barnard visited it. He noted that it was built in an L-shape, the front … Continue reading Scotch Whisky History: Ballechin Distillery

Praying to the whisky god!

Gallery: The Wood, That Makes The Whisky

Arguably the single most important contribution to the character of Scotch whisky as we know it comes from the maturation. Here is a tribute to the often overlooked oak cask… (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) Before the middle of the 19th century whisky was by and large drunk unaged. Later, wine merchants began storing their precious booze in … Continue reading Gallery: The Wood, That Makes The Whisky

Distiller, Speyside Distillery

Pic of the Month: Making Whisky at the Speyside Distillery

A distiller at the Speyside Distillery is explaining the workings of the spirit safe during the Spirit of Speyside Festival. (Image Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) The Speyside Distillery is hidden away in the Glen Tromie near the hamlet of Drumguish. Not even Googlemaps has an idea of its exact whereabouts, as several visitors found out to their dismay during the … Continue reading Pic of the Month: Making Whisky at the Speyside Distillery

Warehouse, Deanston Distillery

Pic of the Month: Warehouseman handling casks, Deanston Distillery

Inside the former spinning room, now bonded warehouse, Deanston Distillery (Image Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) The Deanston Distillery near Doune in Stirlingshire is unique in more than one way. First and foremost, I does not look like any other distillery in Scotland because it is housed in a converted cotton mill. Deanston also continues to generate its own power, … Continue reading Pic of the Month: Warehouseman handling casks, Deanston Distillery

Ex-Bourbon barrels, Coleburn Distillery

Whisky, that was – Coleburn Distillery

Founded in 1897, during the boom years of the late Victorian age, the Coleburn Distillery quietly produced a largely unremarkable malt whisky until the mid-1980s. (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) Almost all the output went into blended whiskies and it is quite rare to find a Coleburn bottled as single malt (for example in Gordon & Macphail’s Connoisseurs … Continue reading Whisky, that was – Coleburn Distillery

Bung and bung cloth

Pic of the Month: Bung and Bung Cloth

Bung and bung cloth in a disused whisky cask at the Coleburn Distillery. (Image Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) Traditionally and up to the 1980s whisky casks were closed with soft bungs, stoppers made from cork. Since they were not only prone to leakage, but also made it very easy to nick some of the contents from the casks, they have … Continue reading Pic of the Month: Bung and Bung Cloth