9.00 – 11.00 LECURES ~ Dr Steve Hoad 1 £45

11.30 – 13.00 LECTURES ~ Dr Steve Hoad £45

What makes a good barley variety – for malting and distilling? Does one size fit all?

Barley grain; its physical and chemical characteristics. How do these change on farm, on arrival at the maltings, during malting and distilling (link to the malting and distillation sessions)?

What’s most important in determining barley quality (to the point of delivery at the maltings): variety, the weather (season), crop management, crop handling?

What unique characteristics might be added when a barley is produced locally, compared to an imported one?  Does that make a difference in your spirit quality?

How much do varieties and landraces vary in their grain and malting characteristics?

How are varieties evaluated for their malting and distilling value?  Insight to the Institute of Brewing & Distilling evaluation system. What grain and malt characteristics are important?  Who decides, maltsters, distillers, farmers?

Is there value in participatory variety selection?

To Islay maltsters and distillers, what do you want from a barley bulk?

What can SRUC do to support you?  New work on malting quality of landraces.

10.00 – 12.00 CEILIDH CORNER ~ Tea or Coffee & Scone or a Couple of Drams & Chat with Locals and hear stories of old  £15

13.00 – 14.30 PEAT CUTTING @ The BOTHY on the Moss ~ with Kevin & Smudger. Learn to cut, fit and stack peats. Refreshments provided ~ singing is optional..! £25

14.00 – 16.00 CEILIDH CORNER ~ Tea or Coffee & Scone or a Couple of Drams & Chat with Locals and hear stories of old £15

14.00 ARDBEG DISTILLERY TOUR in Gaelic (& English) ~ learn Gaelic words and phrases used in the distilling process, as you are guided through the distillery by a fluent, local Gaelic Speaker, and an Ardbeg Tour Guide £25

10.00 – 17.30 WHISKY KITCHEN CAFE ~ Open for Scottish Food & Whisky Pairings. Daily menus in Gaelic and English. Islay sourced produce prepared by fantastic local cook.

10.00 – 17.00 HALL GALLERY ~ Displaying WHISKY PAINTINGS & PHOTOGRAPHS ~ all welcome to browse and/or buy

19.30 WHISKY TASTING ~ BALLS & BARLEY  ~ Informative football chat MATCHED with 5 fabulous Drams brought to you by Football & Whisky’s top pundit Mr John McCheyne. Special guest Mr Neil Bonar (Coach) Profits to Islay Youth Football Club. £30