Islay Festival of Malt and Music 2006

Monday, May 29th
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Caol Ila Distillery The distillery with a view (and the biggest on Islay)

Caol Ila Distillery

Caol Ila Distillery If I had to be a still, this is where I wanted to be: a view indeed!

A view from Caol Ila towards the Paps of Jura

Caol Ila Distillery Another nosing&tasting. Your first dram at 10 AM! Don't make a habit of that.

Nosing and Tasting at Caol Ila Distillery

Caol Ila Distillery New manager Graham Logie explains the charcteristics of Caol Ila whisky.

Graham Logie

Port Ellen Maltings If you arrive at Port Ellen the buildings of the Maltings are the first to see. Inside there is an interesting process going on.

Port Ellen Maltings

Port Ellen Maltings Manager Peter Campbell is happy to tell us all about it.

Peter Campbell

Port Ellen Maltings Steeping of the barley is the first step. With the adding of water the grains get really moving.

Steeping of the barley

Port Ellen Maltings Eight huge drums provide for the barley to germinate.

Port Ellen Maltings Germination is stopped by drying the malt. Here's the peat fire that does the trick. That's why Islay whiskies are so 'peaty'.

Malt drying

Port Ellen Maltings Finished malt to be delivered to the distilleries.

Finished malt

Nosing and Tasting Monday's tradition is the blind nosing (not tasting!) competition at Ramsay Hall in Port Ellen. Glasses are coloured so your nose is your only 'weapon'. Some get nine out of ten right.

Blind nosing at Ramsay Hall Port Ellen

Nosing and Tasting Ardbeg manager Stuart Thomson (left) talking to the later winner the Swedish Anders Johansson.

Ardbeg manager Stuart Thomson




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