CATEGORY: Single Malt.
BOTTLER: Distillery Bottling.
BOTTLING SERIE: Bere Barley.
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 18000
STRENGTH: 50% Vol.
SIZE: 700 ml.
Bere is britain’s oldest strain of cultivated cereal but its origins in the distant mists of time are still unclear. One view is that bere was brought to the hebridean isles by norse invaders in the eighth century. However there are indications from the excavations of neolithic sites that could push that date back into pre-history, some 5,000 years ago.
Romantically one can certainly attribute viking qualities to bere. It is a hardy and resilient grain, well adapted to poor soil conditions and a short growing season. It ripens quickly in the long hours of gentle summer sunshine at extreme northern latitudes.
Bere produces a low yield of tough grains, and the dense grist was to break our victorian equipment when we first tried to mash it. But the results speak for themselves. Bere gives us a whisky of notably viscous texture, with a finesse and elegance unexpected in a younger spirit.