We are delighted to announce that 2014 has seen a record tonnage of malting barley harvested for Bruichladdich on Islay. A grand total of 1,295 tonnes has been gathered in and delivered to the dryihng sheds at Octofad on the Rhinns. This represents a remarkable increase of 39% over the total achieved last year.
The number of farmers growing for us has steadily increased since the first pioneering crop was sown at Kentraw in 2004. The combination of a greater acreage planted this year plus excellent weather during the growing and harvesting season has produced these very encouraging results. We cannot over-emphasize how grateful we are for the efforts of everyone involved in what will always be a high-risk business – a sort of agricultural white-knuckle ride.