The wind direction in mid- April determines when the huge ocks of wild geese leave Islay for their Artic breeding grounds allowing the farmers to sow their spring barley
The growth rate of the young crop is determined by temperature and rainfall as the season develops. As the harvest approaches.
We all hope for plenty of late summer sun to ripen the grain. Every day of delay means another dining opportunity for Islay’s abundant wildlife and we all wait anxiously for the conditions that will allow the combines to nally bring the harvest home.
We are steadily collecting the data. Every year increases our knowledge, our understanding of Islay’s terroir. Every farm, every eld can be different. Every barley variety, every decision made by every farmer, produces a different character of mash and introduces subtle nuances to the avours within this fascinating spirit.