Orkney Growers Visit Bruichladdich


IN THE DISTILLERY
25th January 2019 / by Christy McFarlane

Production Director Allan Logan introduces our Orkney growers to the distillation process for the first time on Islay


Ever happy John Wishart (2nd from right) has worked in partnership with Bruichladdich as part of the Agronomy Institute for several years. He has contributed to several published pieces on Bere, barley and their associated nutritional benefits.


Sydney (2nd from right) still keeps a field or two of his farmland for growing bere, despite tenanting the rest of his land to the younger generation for the past 17 years. Those remaining fields are all that he farms now, “just to be part of the Bere project with the AI and Brucihladdich”.


Contractor Barrie from South Ronaldsay meets mashman Gillie, who is responsible for keeping the mashtun in check during the arduous task of Bere production.


Resident comedian Billy inspects our work. Billy was taken out of a peaceful retirement (from the AI) to drive combines for contractor Ian Sinclair. Some say he could do with a few more lessons!


Resident comedian Billy inspects our work. Billy was taken out of a peaceful retirement (from the AI) to drive combines for contractor Ian Sinclair. Some say he could do with a few more lessons!


Josh Wishart (centre) with Ian Sinclair (2nd from left).


Our thick Bere mash from above. Our current edition of Bere barley was surprisingly grown on Islay. Our next vintage will see us return to the norm of our four Orcadian growers.


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