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I recall in the 50’s and 60,s in …

Comment posted Jura Distillery waits for loch to recover from drought and 24/7 production period by Calum Kennedy.

I recall in the 50’s and 60,s in the Summer in Islay production would stop and distillery workers would go to cut peats for use in the kilns in the coming season or would be cleaning the lade (“the river”) carrying the water to the distillery.Both jobs were Olympic standard in exposure to midges and clegs.

In addition maintenance would be carried out including whitewashing and I remember distillery workers whitewashing the Round Church in Bowmore as well as the distillery!!

Non-production tasks such as warehousing and despatch of casks to the Mainland would continue.

Barley was floor malted and the heat of the summer made this more difficult. Another reason for a break from production.

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