Extract from Alfred Barnard’s historic tour of every whisky distillery in Great Britain, published in ‘1887’
THIS Distillery is situated in Longrow Street, on the north side of the town. It is a clean compact little work, and, although built as fat back as 1844, it boasts of most of the improvements of modern times. The works cover an acre of ground, and are approached through a neat gateway; within the enclosure there are offices for the distillery and Excise gentlemen, and the various buildings, which mostly communicate one with another, are arranged round the yard. There is a spacious Barley Store, a Malt Barn, 120 feet long by 28 feet wide, with the usual Steeps; a capital Kiln with tiled floor, where peat only is used in the drying; Mill Stores and Mill. An 8-horse power Engine, with a Boiler 18 feet long by 5 feet in diameter, supplies the motive power. The Mash Tun is 12 feet in diameter and 5 feet deep. There are five Washbacks, each containing 3,900 gallons j a Wash Charger, and a Low Wines and Feints Charger two Pot Stills, one holding 1,070 gallons and the other 686 gallons three Receivers and two Heaters each holding 1,000 gallons. There are five Warehouse capable of holding 600 casks, a Spirit Store with Vat of 1,360 gallons capacity. The water used in the Distillery is from the Loch, supplemented by the supply from a deep well on the premises. The Whisky made is Campbeltown Malt, and is gold chiefly in Glasgow and England. The annual output is 40,000 gallons.