1898 SUPPLEMENT TO THE DISTILLERS' AND BREWERS' MAGAZINE AND TRADE NEWS PAGE 2 IMAGE
The holy grail for some distillery enthusiasts is seeing the original stills. Here, we're happy to have the original set at Glen Mhor taken in 1898.
As you'll appreciate with such as article as this, image quality isn't ideal but as this was previously believed lost, I'm happy just to see what we can. This image was featured on page 2 of the supplement.
These stills (as far as we know) resided at Glen Mhor for the lifespan of the distillery, partially assisted by the canny ways of the owners, who never maximised production or pushed output beyond their means. That changed when DCL took over in the 1970s and used the distillery for blending stock only and expanded production to previously unseen levels (about four times what we believe was the norm under the original owners). These stills were joined by a 3rd still in 1925 and details of this still were lost to time, until we found a photograph of it, which now appears in our Photograph Section under 1946.
In this image, we can see that the stills are raised up, allowing the men to feed the fires that would burn underneath. We can get a sense of the shape and bulbous nature of the stills that produced Glen Mhor's distinctive spirit. The text on page 3 will confirm the available space in this room that was used to place the 3rd still and within the article that the owners were looking to bring in 2 more stills in 1898, but this would have been paused due to the pending Pattison Crash of December 1898.
Tomorrow, we'll bring you the accompanying text from page 2.