Islay Barley Makes Islay Whisky

The people at Bruichladdich pride themselves on the fact that much of their barley is grown on Islay, and I think it's great what they do. It means that you can actually trace back some of the origins of your dram to a field on Islay. And not only that, this is the way it was done many years ago and how it hopefully will be in the future. It's the aim of the Bruichladdich Distillery to have 100% of their barley grown on Islay.

An example of a field with Bruichladdich barley at Rockside Farm

Currently the following farms on Islay supply barley to Bruichladdich: Kentraw, Rockside, Kynagarry, Octomore, Claggen, Mulindry, Island farm and Starchmill. An increasing percentage of this barley will be grown organically, in 2006 this percentage was 30%. The remainder of the barley comes from Scottish farms; Coulmore farm on the Black Isle, Tullibardine Mains Perthshire and Weyland farm on the Orkney islands. Continue reading.....

Chalice barley, harvested in September 2004, was grown less than 1 mile from the distillery on the ideally exposed, south-east facing slopes of Kentraw, overlooking Loch Indaal. This barley was used three months later and the spirit that was distilled from this barley had matured for six years in refill sherry butts, until this year. This home grown whisky was inaugurated during the 2010 Islay Whisky Festival. The cask-strength bottling (57% ABV), part of the Bruichladdich ‘Valinch’ series, can only be purchased at the distillery - in person.

Distillery manager, Duncan MacGillivray, said: 'It is our aim and our passion to source as much of our raw ingredients from Islay itself. We are the only distillery to use 100% Scottish and Islay barley. For the 2009 harvest around 50% of our needs were grown on Islay with another 40% organically grown on the mainland. Richard Macaire, laird of Foreland and Kentraw, was the first to respond to our Islay grown challenge. Sadly he died last month so with this festival bottling we remember him as a shareholder, partner and friend.' While still youthful and high strength, this spirit shows a remarkable maturity, definition of character and malty flavour. It demonstrates precisely why Islay became so famous for ‘single malt scotch whisky’.

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