"Bere is an ancient barley landrace. Discoveries of similar grains, in the Neolithic village of 'Skara Brae' on Orkney, reach back to the dawn of Scottish agriculture and civilisation, more than 4,500 years ago."
"The 2007 crop for this, our third release of Bere Barley, was grown on Orkney and supplied by the Agronomy Institute at Orkney College UHI, working with local farmers Duncan Cromarty at Richmond Villa on South Ronaldsay, Keith Hourston at Skelbister in Orphir and Magnus Spence from The Northfield on Burray." It produces desperately low yields - 50% less than a modern crop - and the small, starch-rich grains have tested the mashmen, wreaking havoc with our precious Victorian machinery. Distilled in early 2008 at Bruichladdich Distillery on the Isle of Islay, this Bere Barley has produced a single malt of quite singular character, ultimate originality and exceptional provenance."