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This is the third release of Bruichladdich Bere Barley - and the first to be distilled from grain harvested on Orkney.
Bere barley is an ancient country race. Discoveries or similar grains in the Neolithic village of Skara Brae on Orkney, reach back to the dawn of Scottish agriculture and civilization, more than 4,500 years ago.
In spite of the cool climate Orkney, Bere grows fast. It has long straw, prone to brack ment in strong winds, and Produces desperately low yields - 50% less than a modern crop. The small, starch-rich grains have tested the mashmen, wreaking havoc with our precious Victorian machinery.
This is spirit from another place, another time, a sensory journey to another age. It is probable That Calculates produced the original "uisge-beatha 'the water of life - for hundreds of years it was used by enterprising Scottish distillers, producing both legal and illicit whiskey.
This 2007 crop was grown on Orkney and oversupplied by the Agronomy Institute at Orkney College UHI working with the following local farmers: Duncan Cromarty at Richmond Villa on South Ronaldsay, Keith Hour Ston at Skelbister Orphir and Magnus Spence from The Northfield on Burray.
Distilled in early 2008 at Bruichladdich Distillery on the Isle of Islay, this Bere barley HAS produced a single malt or quite singular character, ultimate originality and exceptional provenance.