When you surf the the whisky web or talk to people from a distillery, one factoid constantly keeps popping up: “Distillery X is one of only six distilleries in Scotland that still have their own floor maltings”. Well, I’ve heard this about so many distilleries that I did a little research. Here are the ones I found:
- Highland Park
Now that’s seven, and I’m not even sure if this list is complete. I agree that this fact is not truly sensational. But that number six is so bloody persistent that it has deserved a proper debunking.
Check your numbers!
Edit: I have heard doubts that Benriach floor maltings really are in operation. Here is the text from their website:
“And, BenRiach boasts one further difference – standing apart from the other Spey Valley distilleries, the traditional floor maltings with their distinctive pagoda style chimneys can produce peated, malted barley, enabling the distillery to capture the defining taste of peat reek in a few of their special bottlings.”
For me this reads as if the floor maltings are used. But I just asked Benriach by e-mail about the status of their maltings and I will inform you about their response.