'The Budgie' judging the middle cutOur traditional open-topped cast iron mash tunAn Torran, the water source for our mashJim McEwan and Duncan McGillivrayDuncan McGillivray helped coax our old Victorian distillery back to life in 2001Duncan McGillivray and Simon CoughlinOctomore Farm, looking towards Lorgba field, by Loch IndaalThe valinch. Every cask must be sampled before it can be judged ready.Josh WoodJim McEwan and PG McCuaig in the Tun RoomJames Brown. Farmer, Octomore.Our original open mash tun dates back to 1881
Oirthir GàidheaL:
coast of the gaels

We respect the past but don't live in its shadow. We believe in innovation and progress, while striving to create intriguing spirit - a spirit with flawless integrity and provenance. We are curious and restless - we never leave well enough alone. Pathfinders where angels fear to tread.

We believe that Islay whisky should have an authenticity derived from where it is distilled and where it is matured... from the philosophies of those who distil it. A sense of place, of terroir that speaks of the land, the barley, the water and the human soul that gave it life.

There are many who would see whisky distilling as an industrial process – a means of standard manufacture and nothing more. We understand distilling to be an ancient art, one that has intrigued the human spirit for centuries. A black art, a mysterious and enigmatic alchemy, that explores the very depths of the distiller’s soul.

'The Budgie' judging the middle cut

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