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Which Distilleries Have Floor Maltings?

As I mentioned in a post about my visit to Laphraoig, only a few scotch whisky distilleries do their own malting. 

Floor malting is the historic technique of preparing barley for fermentation; turning it into malted barley. Most of the 100 distilleries in Scotland purchase malted barley from commercial malting plants, and most (all?) of the distilleries that do floor malting also purchase additional malt from commercial malters.

Malting Floor Laphroaig Distillery Islay Scotland _tn

Read more about floor maltings here.

Today I just read about another scotch whisky distillery re-starting their floor malting, so I thought it would be good to create a list. 

Distilleries that do floor malting are: 

  • Laphroaig, Islay
  • Bowmore, Islay
  • Kilchoman, Islay
  • Highland Park, Orkney Islands
  • Springbank, Campbelltown
  • The Balvenie, Speyside
  • Benriach, Elgin, Speyside

Camper turning malt 3
As for American and other countries that do floor maltings (for beer or whiskey), that will be a list for another day. 


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Danny maguire

Springbank does 100% of their qwn malting.


Rogue Spirits grows barley and floor malts it at their barley farm in Tygh Valley, Oregon.


Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville Va does their own floor malting.


Coppersea Distilling in West Park, NY is also floor malting.

Dave Pickerell

Hillrock Estate Distillery in Ancram, NY grows their own barley and rye and floor malts both at the distillery.


Leopold Bros. In Denver, CO does their own floor malting.


Kimbland distillery in Orkney also does floor malting

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