The Kimbland Distillery has small scale batch production methods together with carefully selected Orkney Bere Barley to produce a high quality Scotch single malt whisky. Barley contains starch which needs to be converted into sugars to make alcohol. For this to occur, the barley must undergo germination and this first part of the prodess is called ‘malting’. The barley is soaked for 2-3 days in warm water and then traditionally spread on the floor of a building called a malting house. It is turned regularly to maintain a constant temperature. The ground down malt, which is called ‘grist’, is now added to warm water to begin the extraction of the soluble sugars, this is called mashing.