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  • Day6

    Highland Park Distillery

    July 25, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Had a quiet morning at the house.
    After lunch Norma & Emma went swimming while Sarah and I visited the distillery.
    We got a wee dram to start with while watching an introductory video. Then we started the tour but unfortunately it is the quiet season so there was no production happening. We were allowed to take pictures during the tour except inside the Still House.
    One thing I saw on this tour that I've not seen before is the malting floor where they air dry the barley. The majority of distilleries don't do their own malting as it is expensive and labour intensive. Highland Park only malt 20% of what they use and buy in the rest.
    They don't bottle on site the matured spirit is sent down to Glasgow.
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  • Day3

    Scapa Distillery Tour

    July 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Had a quiet morning while Norma and Emma went swimming.
    Quick lunch then out to the distillery for a 2pm tour. It was only Sarah and I with the tour lady. There was no photography rule for all of the tour.
    The Still room looks down Scapa Flow. It is where the British fleet anchored during both world wars. The warship The Royal Oak was hit & sank by a German U Boat that had managed to sneak into the estuary. From a crew of 1234 men, 834 were killed or died later of wounds.
    The Tour Lady had historical information about the Italian chapel and other events in Orkney.
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