Inspired by the delicacy of these extraordinary botanicals, he realised, as a distiller that they would have to be treated very gently if he was to coax them into releasing their secrets. They would not be steeped, but infused with the vapours of distillation.
Could it be that Duncan McGillivray had provided us with the perfect vessel with which to do this in the old Lomond Still? Jim started to modify it far beyond its creator’s intentions, introducing dozens of copper pipes, an additional water jacket and a special chamber in the lyne arm to hold the potpourri of island botanicals.
Already running at a very low pressure, these radical modifications slowed the distillation process down still further, introducing new avenues of reflux for any heavy oils, allowing only the finest, most delicate flavours to reach the spirit safe.