Distillery and farmers prove concept of Welsh malting barley

A distillery in west Wales is collaborating with local farmers to prove the concept of a Welsh malting barley used for whisky production.

In the Welsh Wind, located near Cardigan, has now started production of the first fully grain-to-glass Welsh whisky for over 100 years.

Traditionally, Welsh barley has found its way into cattle feed, with the east of the UK being the heartland for barley used for whisky production.

Welsh barley is still used for malting, but it is shipped over to England and comes back to Wales mixed with barley from other areas.

But In the Welsh Wind says it wants to champion Welsh-grown barley as a malting barley, fully processed in west Wales.

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