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Whilst barley must be one of the three component parts in single malt whisky, Bruichladdich partnered with Andrew Jones at Coull Farm to grow Islay’s first ever rye crop. It was distilled in December 2017.
Number of spirits distilled in 2017 totalled 13 including unpeated Brucihladdich; Bere, Golden Promise, regional trials from Aberdeenshire, the Black Isle and Lothian, Organic, Islay and mainland Scottish. For Port Charlotte; Islay and mainland Scottish. For Octomore; Islay and mainland Scottish. Not forgetting the first ever Islay grown rye.
The recommended list for malting barley is decided based on a number of different parameters. Some of these include but are not limited to relative yield, straw height, resistance to lodging, straw breakdown, earliness of ripening, resistance to diseases & mildew, brackling (buckling), skinning (husk detached which causes changes to the rate of germination and increases likelihood of infection as well as making grain difficult to handle) & nitrogen content.
Relative benefits to farmers, maltsters, and distillers must all be taken into consideration for a barley type to make it to the recommended list. This means that decisions may often be based on yield due to the economic benefit to the maltster and the farmer. In order to place importance on flavour over yield, the benefit to the distiller must be transferred to the benefit for the others e.g. increased risk equals increased rate of compensation.
Varieties that do not fit the criteria for all three parties may result in them being removed from the list and may well be lost, to have no future commercial usage. Bere barley and Golden Promise are two such examples.
Bruichladdich must adjust the conventional parameters in order for the Islay growing relationship to work. This is in part due to the difficult conditions faced with growing on the West Coast e.g. climate and influx of pests such as geese and deer.
Around 1000 acres of land are planted for growing barley for Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore each year. The 30 acres of land purchased under the Shore House Croft name will not be used for industrial purposes, save 0.7 acres for a staff car park to the back of the distillery.