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Growing barley at Arctic latitudes

Milder temperatures allows barley to grow and new local beverages and bakery products to be produced

Icelandic farmers and the R&D institute MATIS shared their experience in barley breeding with their Norwegian and Scottish partners and assisted them with cultivation trials. Staff from two Icelandic distilleries visited their colleagues in Scotland, and learned about the malting processes. As a result, both distilleries started their own production of whiskey and gin made of Icelandic barley. Through international baking courses, the bakers created new products such as breads, buns or breakfast porridge mixes.

Eva María Sigurbjörnsdóttir

Eimverk Distillery

In June 2016, I attended a placement arranged for me by the Agronomy Institute at Orkney’s Highland Park Distillery. During this I carried out all of the activities involved in floor malting and was also able to see the other processes used for whiskey production at the distillery. The placement was very valuable and helped me to develop plans for our own malting facilities. The contacts I made at Highland Park have also been very helpful in answering other distilling queries.