Pupils’ senses put to the test on dis­tillery tour

The Oban Times - - News -

SEC­ONDARY stu­dents’ senses were put to the test as they learned about the value of one of Scot­land’s favourite tip­ples.

As part of their geog­ra­phy cur­ricu­lum, Ard­na­mur­chan S2 pupils have been study­ing world trade, in­clud­ing the whisky ex­port mar­ket, and they headed to Ard­na­mur­chan Dis­tillery at Glen­beg for a site tour.

Pupils learned whisky is Scot­land’s sec­ond big­gest ex­port mar­ket af­ter oil and is man­u­fac­tured on a large scale. The pupils were given a com­pre­hen­sive guided tour which in­cluded the mash tubs, which ‘smelled like warm por­ridge’, and the stills and the wooden casks used to give the spirit colour and flavour.

Pupil Dougald Mac­In­tyre ap­pre­ci­ated the tech­ni­cal side of the trip. He said: ‘It was re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see how whisky is made and why it is such a big part of the econ­omy.’

Bethan White had not been con­vinced the trip would be up her street but was con­verted.

She said: ‘We saw the mash tubs and were warned if we fell in we would suf­fo­cate be­cause of the amount of CO2 present. Ini­tially, I thought the trip didn’t sound very in­ter­est­ing but once I got there it was re­ally in­ter­est­ing. It was cool.’

Ard­na­mur­chan High School pupils learned about Scot­land’s sec­ond largest ex­port at Ard­na­mur­chan Dis­tillery, Glen­beg.

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