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AILSA BAY DISTILLERY PICTURES

 

AILSA BAY DISTILLERY VISIT 2009

Ailsa Bay distillery is the newest distillery of William Grant & Sons. The distillery is set up at the Girvan plant, where previously the Ladyburn distillery used to be. The name derrives from Ailsa Craig, which is a small island of granit rock near Girvan. The stone in front of the distillery is of granite from the island.

The distillery is immens and there are 8 stills, 4 wash and 4 spirit. The distillery was built during 2007. The distillery aims to make a Balvenie alike spirit, only used for blending. They are however also able to make all kind of different spirit. The operations are fully automated. The mashtun is made by a company that usually makes brewery tanks for beer distillers.

This makes that this distillery in more ways is ground breaking. If you look carefully, you can detect that the mash/lautertun has a big cone in the middle. As the middle piece of a mash tun is usually the part that is most difficult to clear of draff, there is a cone to cover the middle part of the tun. The washbacks made of stainless steel, are covered to isolate them and keep the temperature at a constant level.

Sadly enough just like Kininvie distillery in Dufftown, Ailsa Bay will only be used for blending purposes for William Grant and other blenders.