Quirky new toys at Bruichladdich

Sitting fabulously in contrary to my previous post about the prospects of turning whisky into a high-tech industry with the use of lasers, nanotechnology and chemical engineering; Bruichladdich sent us photos of two ‘new’ stills installed recently at the distillery. One of them is a 130 years old Victorian pot still, renovated by Forsyths of Rothes, probably the oldest working whisky still in the world (the first photo).

The second is a highly unusual Lomond still (the bottom photo), salvaged from Inverleven before it was demolished in 2004. You may not have heard about Lomond still… it’s one of those plumber’s-wet-dream stories, not unlike the one you can find at Penderyn. Moving elements inside the still neck and dustbin-like shape would be the summary of what it says in technical description. They call it Ugly Betty and you can see why, it’s not exactly the Mona Lisa of the whisky world.

Good luck to Jim McEwan and the team with using their new toys, we’re looking forward to the results.

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The oldest whisky stillLomond still at Bruichladdich


  1. Cooley use a small pot still from 1830 in their Kilbeggan Distillery. It was originally used in the Tullamore Distillery.

  2. Cheers for the info on Kilbeggan. Have you tasted any of the Kilbeggan’s?

  3. Yes, I’ve tasted a few of them. I have a share in a cask too. It is quite unusual, the malt. A bit like McCarthy’s, the American malt. I havne’t tasted their pure pot still yet, though.

    They will also be using another old victorian column still, or they may already be using it. And, hopefully one day, they will fire up the old Tullamore stills they have – the big ones…

    I believe they’re also making rye whiskey in Kilbeggan now.

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