Increasing amounts of the main ingredient for Scotch are being imported….from England, Russia, France and even Poland. Scotland can’t supply all the barley needed to keep the distilleries running so maltsters are now encouraging more English, Russian, French and Polish farmers to grow grain for the Scotch whisky industry. Malting the barley involves soaking the grains and allowing them to sprout, enabling more of the starch to be converted into sugars. The whisky industry in Scotland currently needs 800,000 tons of malting barley a year while only 100,000 is from Scotland. Scotch producers are now trying to persuade more farmers […]