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The Distillery

Our Distilling Process

At Loch Lomond Distillery we are proud to operate a whisky distilling process unique among Scottish distilleries. Not just for the sake of standing alone, but for the quality and variety of the whisky it allows us to craft.

How do we do it? You’ve come to the perfect place to find out.

Our Distilling Process

At our Loch Lomond Distillery we are proud to operate a whisky distilling process unique among Scottish distilleries. Not just for the sake of standing alone, but for the quality and variety of the whisky it allows us to craft.

How do we do it? You’ve come to the perfect place to find out.

01.



Milling



Our beloved Porteous Mill is the oldest piece of machinery in the distillery dating back to the 1950s and has been with us at Loch Lomond Distillery since 2007.



02.



Mashing



When we introduced our stainless steel mashtun in the early 2000s, we were among the pioneers for its use in a distillery, being of a style more typically found in the brewing industry.



03.



Fermentation



Fermentation is where yeast meets wort, and together they work to transform sugars into alcohol. This results in what we call wash.



04.



Malt Distillation



Loch Lomond's still floor is a unique spectacle in Scotland and indeed the world!

Distillation, at its core, is about boiling liquids and condensing alcohols until the right balance of flavour and strength is struck. Operating in pairs; a wash still (designated by blue paint) and spirit still (designated by red paint). The wash still's task is to evaporate the volatile alcohols, yielding a 25-30% ABV liquid we call low wines, which then undergoes another heating in the Spirit still.



05.



Single Grain Distillation



As well as Single Malt whisky, we also produce Single Grain whisky and that’s thanks to our Coffey style column Still, a type used by only one other whisky distillery in the world - Nika in Japan. A third, an English distillery, has also started using this method, but their production is not yet classified as whisky.



06.



Lab



Our team of technicians in our onsite laboratory regularly tests samples from every step of the production process ensuring that our barley, grist, wash, wort, new make and maturing whisky are of the highest quality at every stage.



07.



Maturation



Once distilled, the next step is for our Loch Lomond spirit to mature in the finest casks. Our distillery is one of only four distilleries in Scotland boasting an on-site full-service cooperage.



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