Bruichladdich installs Lomond stillFebruary 3rd, 2010
We interrupt our daily awards postings to bring you this press release from Bruichladdich. The Lomond still lives to distill another day! Ugly indeed!
The One and Only… Ugly Betty
Tom Morton described it in his excellent Spirit of Adventure.
Bruichladdich is pleased to announce the installation of an unusual fifth still during recent still house renovations.
A Lomand still, a defunct experimental cross between a Coffey and a pot still, was designed with a thick column-like neck with removable sections inserted.
The aim was to create more character and variety of styles of spirit by imitating the effect that different lengths of still ?neck? would have.
The versatile still had plates, like Roman blinds, which could be ?opened? and varying the angle of the lyne arm for lighter or heavier spirit.
The first Lomand, a spirit still, was installed in 1956 at Inverleven, part of the ginormous Dumbarton grain distillery complex, on the banks of the Clyde .
Inverleven was closed in 1991 and raised to the ground in 2004. But not before we nipped in and removed, among other things, the Lomand.
So, fittingly, the first shall be last: the original, the only authentic Lomand in existence, lives to fight another day.
True to its founding principal, it is being fitted with Jim?s newly designed neck section, the “Silver Gattling”. It may be the only one of its type left, but she?s no oil painting. Welcome to Ugly Betty.