The faces behind Scotland’s top malts

1. Georgie Crawford – Lagavulin

Geogie Crawford – Lagavulin; Photo credit: Colin Hampden-White

Taken outside a malt bin, where the malt is stored before it is used, Hampden-White explains that this image marks the start of the pictorial journey. The portrait is designed not just to reflect Crawford’s relaxed persona, but also the feel of the distillery itself, which he describes as a “big, white, blocky building, which is stunning in the sun – this could be the Mediterranean with its whitewashed walls.”

By coincidence, Hampden-White knew Crawford as a child. He says that Crawford came from Islay but she moved away before returning to the island as a distiller.

Lagavulin is on the south coast of Islay, near the ruins of Dunyveg Castle, and is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, having produced Scotch on its current site since 1742.

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