Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The skye times

Locally grown barley could be used to make R&B Distillers' whisky, if growing trials are successful on the Isle of Raasay.

R&B Distillers began to trial barley growing on the island in April 2017, using five different barleys.  

The variety that thrives best could be used for making R&B Distillers' whisky.  

The advice of locals, including Andrew Gillies, John Gillies and Alasdair MacAskill, has been vital.  Orkney-based Dr Peter Martin of the University of the Highlands and Islands' Agronomy Institute also shared his knowledge.  

If the trials are successful, R&B Distillers intends to hold an open day for all local farmers and crofters to see the results, as well as hear about the future of barley growing on Raasay.  

The long-term objective is to produce a single malt from 100% local barley, grown on Raasay, Skye and Kyle.  

While acknowledging that this whisky may be only a small percentage of total product, R&B is keen to challenge the limitations of production.  

 

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