Glen Mhor Log Book 4th April 1940
We're well into the war effort, and in this entry, thanks to the insight of Alan Winchester, we can see a direct correlation between government restrictions and distillers.
You'll see from the entry below, that the Excise representative, Gilbert W. Peterkin, is calculating the production so far at the distillery versus what was planned. This gives us a unique sense of what was happening on the ground and the output of the distillery in 1940.
What didn't make sense to me, or at least compute, was the fascination with a third when calculating an aggregate. Surely, if you are talking about a calendar year (whenever it begins and ends) it will always 12 months and thus a quarter. Although, the distilling year traditionally began on the 1st October. The excess production would be charged in addition to the planned revenue, but why this focus on numbers, given we've been able to document several years of logbook entries at Glen Mhor without such insight previously? It has to be war related?
First, the entry itself.
'Glen Mhor Distillery
4th April 1940
I beg to report that at this distillery the quantity of spirits removed from the store since 1/1/40 is 33,166.90 proof gallons.
The aggregate of the distillery? year is 84,922.50 proof gallons, of which a third is 28,307.50, leaving an excess delivery of 4859.40 proof gallons.
Gilbert W. Peterkin, officer.'
A gold star to Alan for the answer and underlining what a valuable and unique resource this logbook is:
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