The latest apprentice at Loch Lomond Distillery has gone through an age-old, but messy, graduation ceremony.
Steven Courtney, 30, of Bonhill has just qualified as a cooper after a four-year apprenticeship, says the Lennox Herald.
As is traditional, his colleagues covered Steven in water, molasses and wood shavings before rolling him around in a barrel at the cooperage in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire.
Steven joins the ranks of 167 trained coopers in Scotland.
Tom Cook, a cooper with 40 years experience, told the newspaper: “I trained to be a cooper near Isla and it took five years, but it used to take seven.
“It’s better now that with the increase in technology it only takes four years to complete.”