Kintyre

The below is taken from The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom by Alfred Barnard first published in 1887.

Kintyre Distillery, Campbeltown.

HAVING the afternoon to spare we devoted it to visiting the Kintyre Distillery, which also is a part of the Longrow business. It is situated in Lochend, a district black with Distilleries, and was built a few years, later than Longrow, hence it is on a more modern principle and less scattered. It covers, however, about the same acreage of ground, but the buildings are of higher elevation. This establishment is very compact and easily managed, and consists of two Barley Lofts, three Malt Barns with the usual Steeps, a Mill House and Stores; two Kilns both floored with the old fashioned perforated tiles and heated with peat and blind coal; a fine Mash Tun, with the patent revolving machinery an 8-horse power steam engine, a boiler 20 feet by 6½ in diameter; and six Washbacks.

The Still House is a capital building and contains three Pot Stills heated by furnaces, three Receivers, and a Sampling Safe. There is also a Cooperage, and five Warehouses, one holding 500 casks.

The water used for condensing purposes is from a well, and there is also a further supply from the Loch away up the hills, for mashing purposes.

The Whisky is Campbeltown Malt, and is of the same quality as Longrow. We tasted some eight years old and were highly pleased with it. Annual output is 67,000 gallons. Mr. Brick is the chief Excise Officer.

“Sages their solemn e’en may steek. And raise a philosophic reekAnd physically causes seek. In clime and season.But tell me whisky’s name in Greek. I’ll tell the reason.Scotland, my auld respected mither! though whiles ye moistify your leatherTill whare ye sit on ’craps o’ heather, Ye tine your damFreedom and whisky gang thegither!-Tak off your dram!“Burns