A couple of weeks ago I published two articles on the Islay Blog titled Islay barley makes Islay whisky and an article with information from Mark Reynier about Bruichladdich's barley. Reason for the articles was the inaugurational Feis bottling of organic whisky made from organic Islay barley.
The use of organic barley and the subsequent support the distillery gives to farms on Islay and other parts of Scotland didn't go unnoticed by The Scottish Farmer magazine. At the Royal Highland Show Bruichladdich distillery won an environmental award from Scottish farmers for its green credentials and barley provisioning policy. The Scottish Farmer awarded environmentally aware supplier of the year 2010 to Islay's Bruichladdich distillery for its organic single malt, using Scottish barley and supporting local farmers in remote, rural areas. Bruichladdich Distillery annually commissions 2000 tons of heritage and modern barley varieties from 23 Scottish farms, including 14 on the Isle of Islay itself.
Mark Reynier, said: â€œProvenance is very important to us in these days of bland globalisation. From barley to barrel to bottle we have total traceability and variety, so our customers can enjoy maximum authenticity and flavour. We highly value our farmer relationships and are honoured to have been recognised by this environmental award. Single malt whisky is made from water and barley; we think it should be exclusively Scottish-grown barley; it is after all called 'Scotch'.