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.

Recent comments by Calum Kennedy

  • Prince Albert of Monaco visits Islay and Jura distilleries
    Away, Willie, and just have a wee smile that someone of “note” paid a visit attracting some publicity that might encourage other visitors. Blowing up flats, the Commonwealth Games and other sundry points of current controversy do not appear appropriate in the comments on this subject.By the way Bunnahabhain would have provide a sterner test of their cycling before or after sampling a dram.
  • The Ileach on Islay’s upcoming ninth single malt whisky distillery
    I approach with some trepidation given the weighty argument.

    I just want to point out that the distillery will be at GARTBRECK not “Garthreck” as Newsroom has christened it. At least that was the name of the farm when we used to cut peats on the moss near-by.I think it would be a good idea to get the local facts correct.
    Kintyre whisky production should be encouraged as well, not put down as in the comments. This is not a football match.

  • Unlucky-lucky yacht aground off Inveraray
    “Oitir” is the Gaelic for a shoal or bank in the sea. It can also mean a low headland or promontory jutting into the sea. “Oitir ghaineamh” is a sandbank
  • Transport Scotland confirms confidence that HGVs will be able to use A83 emergency diversion
    Surely common sense would indicate that it is easier to negotiate a hairpin bend in an artic than a large rigid vehicle. A wee look at The “Eddie Stobart” programme on Channel 5 might add to one’s understanding of this matter.One might also pause for thought as to how the transport Companies use artics to get the timber out of our forests and onto the ports,mills etc.
  • 2012 Royal National Mod at Dunoon: programme and BBC ALBA coverage
    I have no idea of the meaning of the phrase – “there was some confusion between the event and the PR Company”- which you quote above. It is gobbledygook. Can they not interpret
    the Mod programme which is published and available to the Public?
    Be that as it may, despite their warm words it is still wrong. As I said before, the Traditional Final on Thursday is in the Queen’s Hall (19.00)not the Glenmorag Hotel.On the list they have mixed up the Final with the Prizewinners Concert which is at 19.30 on the same night in the Glenmorag. They need to be swapped for time and place to get it correct.
    I have no axe to grind in this but it should be put right.

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5 Responses to I recall in the 50′s and 60,s in …

  1. And of course no amount of wind turbines on Jura, or anywhere else in Scotland, is going to help resolve this problem. However, they may be useful for keeping the midges away. A new marketing strategy perhaps?

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  2. Crikey, we have more than enough rain down here in Welsh Wales for everyone!! I always thought that the West coast and Kintyre in particular was always wet. At least it was before I left for the big wide world

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  3. 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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  4. Pingback: Isle of Jura Distillery puts local water sources first | Straight Whisky

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