Today our Production Director Allan Logan welcomed Colin Tough of Barnyards of Delgaty to the distillery. Those familiar with the old bothy ballads from the northeast will recognise the farm from the old labouring song. Representing the Aberdeenshire contingent of our regional barley trials, around 200 tonnes of Colin’s malt travels to our malting partners Bairds, in Inverness, before being delivered here for distillation.
A further two farms in Scotland grow the same varietal of barley on their home soil. John and Tom Lawrie at Ransefield Farm grow in the south, Colin in the east, while Donald Jack farms at Kilcoy up north in the Black Isle. Our Islay farmers represent the western contingent, meaning we have quite a geographical spread for comparison. Based in Turriff, Colin puts an impressive 900 acres of land to malting barley each year. His father and grandfather have owned and worked the farm since the 1940s, growing barley for as long as he can remember. Like many of our Islay farmers, he also raises beef cattle and boasts grain drying facilities on site.