Scottish Winter Barley Harvest at Risk

More bad news for commodities prices. Late August storms have hammered Scotland, creating damp conditions that could delay the winter barley harvest and substantially reduce yields, the Times Online reports. Barley is one of the key ingredients in whisky (the others being water and yeast).

The good news: Distillers generally purchase the earlier spring harvest for malting, while the winter harvest is sold primarily for feed. So this won’t likely add to the commodities pinch that’s driving a sharp increase in whisky production costs and led boutique distillers Springbank and Glengyle in June to reduce output and lay off some workers.

~ by whisky1 on August 23, 2008.

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