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  • MacTaggert Pool and the Bowmore Distillery
    MacTaggert Pool and the Bowmore...
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  • Lands 'rented' by the Friends of Laphroaig
    Lands 'rented' by the Friends of...
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  • My little piece of the bog
    My little piece of the bog
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    FRIENDS OF LAPHROAIG

    by mtncorg Written Sep 29, 2007

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    Lands 'rented' by the Friends of Laphroaig
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    Buy a bottle of Laphroaig single malt whisky at home and go online with the bar code from the bottle in hand. Then you, too, can become a member of the worldwide Friends of Laphroaig club. You are given a certificate of membership and a virtual plot number which identifies a specific square foot of boggy pasture just across the road from the Laphroaig complex. As a leaseholder, then you are entitled to ‘rent’. When you arrive at the distillery, go to the receptionist and present your plot number to her and she will give you another certificate and direct you to the gift shop/tour center. There you will be directed how you can find your specific piece of the bog. They have little flags you can plant for that special picture. Rent payment comes to you in the form of a healthy dram along with a little 5 cl bottle of 10 year old to take home with you. Slainte!

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    MACTAGGERT POOL

    by mtncorg Written Sep 29, 2007

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    MacTaggert Pool and the Bowmore Distillery

    Another rainy day option would be to take a swim in the local Bowmore pool. The MacTaggert Pool is housed in one of the old warehouses of the Bowmore Distillery. The pool is heated via the whisky process next door - water tubes used to cool the wort in the mash tuns run into the pool heated from cooling the wort and return cold again after giving off heat into the pool. Quite an ingenious idea. Before this pool was developed thee was no swimming pool for island people to learn the ancient art of swimming in. They had to do it in the sea. Swimming is a very good skill to have if you live on an island surrounded by water.

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