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Site of Scotland’s First Legal Distillery Examined

SPEYSIDE, SCOTLAND—The Scotsman studies that archaeologists from the National Trust for Scotland, who’ve been finding out unlawful nonetheless websites within the Scottish Highlands, at the moment are investigating the positioning of a distillery the place farmer George Smith started producing authorized whisky in 1824. To achieve this, he paid a licensing charge below the 1823 Excise Act, and a set fee per gallon of spirit he produced. “The distillery we are working on here is a nice bridge between the small-scale illicit distilling and large-scale industrial production,” defined archaeologist Derek Alexander. So far, the excavation has uncovered a chunk of an exciseman’s padlock and items of a barrel. “We have also found the outline of the fireplaces where the stills were sitting,” Alexander stated. The researchers have uncovered waste merchandise of the distillation course of, and hope to search out proof of grain drying. Smith’s operation ultimately outgrew the positioning and moved in 1859 a couple of half-mile away to take benefit of a greater provide of working water to energy the equipment vital to supply Glenlivet on an industrial scale. For extra in regards to the web site’s discovery, go to “Around the World: Scotland.”


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