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What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

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What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby Pure Pot Head » Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:27 pm

Can members of the forum let me know what distilleries out there in Ireland Scotland America or indeed anywhere else still do their own malting at their distillery.

Cheers for any help.

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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby jazz lover » Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:53 pm

Springbank?
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby lockejn » Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:47 pm

Bowmore does at least some.
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:51 pm

Laphroaig , Bowmore and Balvenie do a percentage .
Springbank does their lot .
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby jmrl » Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:38 pm

Highland Park do some and Kilchoman. Copper Fox in Virginia, responsible for the redoubtable Wasmund's Rappahannock too.
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby Pure Pot Head » Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:51 pm

Thanks guys.

If Bowmore and Laphroaig do 'some' of their own malting, why is it just a percentage - do they specially bottle from the Distillery malted barley or do they just mix it in with malt bought in, in which case, I wonder, what's the point? Perhaps to simply keep the tradition alive? Or is it a side activity for the benfit of visitors perhaps?

You see so many whiskey videos always showing these guys raking the malt and I'd love to know does it really exist anymore anywhere to a significant degree, as in, accounting for all of or most of a distilleries output.

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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:25 pm

PPH, I believe that a fair amount of the Islay distilleries (maybe all of them I don't know) have an agreement to buy malt from the Port Ellen Maltings.

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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby lockejn » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:27 am

Pure Pot Head wrote:Thanks guys.

If Bowmore and Laphroaig do 'some' of their own malting, why is it just a percentage - do they specially bottle from the Distillery malted barley or do they just mix it in with malt bought in, in which case, I wonder, what's the point? Perhaps to simply keep the tradition alive? Or is it a side activity for the benfit of visitors perhaps?
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I think you've pretty well got it nailed. It might also be used to add a little bit of "signature" essence to the profile.
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby photojonny » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:31 am

Kilchoman will be bottling some spirit purely from their own malted barley. I'm sure I remember them saying that.
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby corbuso » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:05 am

and don't forget highland park too.
Since you are talking about maltings and not malting floors, then you can add Glen Ord, Roseile, and Tamdhu too.
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby Pure Pot Head » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:20 pm

So was the original question intended to refer to floor maltimngs, or to any maltings owned by the distillery?



Good question. I hadn't really thought about Distilleries owning maltings off-site. I was thinking in terms of old men in white shirts and trouser braces turning or raking the malt in the distillery like in the old days. And I was wondering where one would go to see that hand smell the air!

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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:34 pm

I, like many others, am convinced that on-site functioning distillery maltings represent more than mere 'window dressing' (even in those cases where the maltings supply only a proportion of the total requirement).

The combination of locally harvested peat and in-house knowledge of handling said peat in a manner that complements the overall production process cannot help but enhance the final make.

And in those cases where the on-site maltings are utilized exclusively (such as with some of the specialty Bowmore bottlings), "The proof is in the pudding," as they say.
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby laphroaig10_65 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:07 pm

I think BenRiach should not be forgotten too.
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby jmrl » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:46 pm

Ooh, have they restarted? I hope so. We might want to consider what drams are around now from stills that malted at least some of their own requirement. Glen Dronach for example, Ardmore too?
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby corbuso » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:25 pm

jmrl wrote:Ooh, have they restarted? I hope so. We might want to consider what drams are around now from stills that malted at least some of their own requirement. Glen Dronach for example, Ardmore too?


BenRiach hast stopped malting about 10 years ago but they should resume soon, Glendronach stopped in 1996 and for Ardmore, I don't remember. You might find some information on my "Higland report" to be released quite soon
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby laphroaig10_65 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:00 am

During Whisky Festival 2007 in Milan I listened to a man of BenRiach's stuff about their own malting. Maybe I misunderstood.
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby laphroaig10_65 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:48 am

staff, sorry.
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Re: What Distilleries Actually do their own Malting?

Postby Queen of the Hebrides » Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:16 pm

Diageo must be about the only business who own their own maltings - at Roseisle, Burghead, Glen Ord and Port Ellen. They produce malt for other 'customers' in addtion to producing for their own requirements. However I imagine they buy malt in from third parties as well. And technically that must make Glen Ord one of the only distilleries that produces all its own malt.
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