Need help? Call us on +44 (0)131 524 9380 (Office)

Whisky Artefacts #5 - Linlithgow Still from 1797, With a Secret

This still was in the ownership of Mr William Glen of Mains, Linlithgow with a licensed capacity of 52 gallons (roughly 236 litres).
 
 

A drawing of a Lowland still with hidden components 1. The still, licenced to 52 gallons. 2. The still head and pipe to worm tub (4). 3. A utensil for storing hot wash for charging the still. 4. The worm tub. 5. A small wash batch.

The Wash Act of 1784 distinguished how distillers were taxed based on location, with a line drawn between the Lowlands and Highlands. In the Highlands, the capacity of the still determined the level of duty, but in the Lowlands, the wash was taxed per gallon.

 

Revealed illegal section of Lowland distillery 1. The still, licenced to 52 gallons. 2. The still head and pipe to worm tub (4). 3. A utensil for storing hot wash for charging the still (Illegal). 4. The worm tub. 5. A small wash batch. 6. Concealed section of still holding 60 gallons.

Mr Glen has come up with a cunning system to increase the capacity of his Lowland still resulting in a vastly reduced tax bill. Not cunning enough for the eagle-eyed excise man who uncovered this secret compartment.

Keep Up-to-Date with Our latest News