A whisky distiller has won an environmental award from Scottish farmers for its green credentials and barley provisioning policy.
The award was presented to Chrissie Angus at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Show on Thursday evening.
The Scottish Farmer awarded ‘Environmentally Aware Supplier of the Year 2010’ to Islay’s Bruichladdich distillery for its organic single malt, using Scottish barley and supporting local farmers in remote, rural areas.
The privately-owned Hebridean distillery annually commissions 2000 tons of heritage and modern barley varieties from 23 Scottish farms, including 14 on the Isle of Islay itself.
Bruichladdich MD, Mark Reynier said: “Provenance is very important to us in these days of bland globalisation. From barley to barrel to bottle we have total traceability and variety, so our customers can enjoy maximum authenticity and flavour.”
“We highly value our farmer relationships and are honoured to have been recognised by this environmental award. Single malt whisky is made from water and barley; we think it should be exclusively Scottish-grown barley; it is after all called ‘Scotch’.”