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Win A Two Day Apprenticeship At The Lagavulin Distillery

1st February 2013
Become Iain McArthur's apprentice and discover the story of Lagavulin first hand.

Here is a competition I think a few of you will want to win. The Lagavulin distillery on the Isle of Islay are offering whisky lovers the chance to win a two day whisky apprenticeship at the distillery under the guidance of Iain McArthur who has spent the last 42 years working at the Lagavulin distillery.

The exclusive apprenticeship will see the successful applicant plus one very lucky friend join Iain for two days at the legendary Lagavulin Distillery where you will discover the secrets and traditions behind making this definitive Islay malt.

While serving your two day apprenticeship your duties will include:

  • Peat Cutting - They’ve got plenty peat on Islay which is so important to the Lagavulin character. They’ll show you the ropes and take you back to days gone by with a few stories; but don’t forget your wellies, the peat moss is a muddy place!
  • Malt Distilling - You will discover the traditional craft of making Lagavulin, from start to finish. You might find a few friends around the distillery to help you on your way. After all, it was through knowledge being passed down that Lagavulin were able to get to where they are today!
  • Warehousing - When you know a bit about how the whisky is made you’ll be in a good place to learn all about Maturation and the art of being a Warehouseman. In Iain McArthur's 42 years as a Warehouseman he has picked up a few secrets... He may may share a few with you.
  • Tea Making - An essential part of any apprenticeship, Iain likes his with just a drop of milk. Only kidding - there’ll be plenty tea and good Islay fare to keep you going while you’re there.
  • Whisky Tasting - There’s no drinking on the job, but after a hard day’s work, you’ll get to taste some of Lagavulin’s unique single cask whiskies.

If they don't wear you out on your first day, you’ll spend Day Two exploring the beautiful Isle of Islay, the delicious food and historic buildings before settling in for a final night at the exclusive Port Charlotte Hotel.

To be in with a chance of winning the apprenticeship, you’ve got to be passionate about whisky. You need to give plenty of good reasons why they should choose you, and you will need to get other folk to vote for you too. If you think you’re up to the challenge, that is…

There’ll be a signed bottle of Lagavulin for the 50 applicants with the most votes too.

So if you think you are up to the job then you can apply at www.malts.com

Note that applications close on the 31st March 2013 and work begins on June 2013. If you are a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Forum I am sure some of you fellow members will be happy to vote for you if you ask nicely. Good Luck!!!

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