Glenmorangie Distillery tour with Dr Bill Lumsden

21st August, 2017 by Annie Hayes

The distillery operates with 12 collecting bowls in the spirits safe, shown in the centre of the image. The first cut – or “heads” – of the distillation come into the still at around 74-75% alcohol. The still house men then cut to the heart of the distillation; manually separating the flow into the Intermediate Spirit Receiver. They then run the stills very slowly until the strength goes down to 60% abv, before collecting the third cut, the “tails”. The heads and the tails are mixed together with the next batch of low wines, and the entire process starts again. “At the end of the spirit run the strength is always 68% abv,” says Bill. “If it ever varies from that, we know something has gone wrong in the production process.” All being well, the new make spirit is destined for the warehouse.

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