Introducing SAI Platform

Introducing SAI Platform

At Bairds, we understand that the pursuit of quality malt is dependent on sourcing the best available UK barley, which is why we are proud to source our barley only from growers who are members of UK farm assurances schemes recognised by SAI Platform’s global...

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Scottish Whisky Awards 2020

Scottish Whisky Awards 2020

This year marked the second ever Scottish Whisky Awards and an event we’re proud to have been a part of since it’s inception. It was a slightly different awards dinner from the usual evening that we have become accustomed as it took the form of a digital awards ceremony. Imagine Microsoft Teams meets MSN Messenger and this was the setup for the this year’s awards.

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The History of the Witham Roasthouse

The History of the Witham Roasthouse

The roasting traditions of Bairds Malt can be traced back to the 1800s, when the Baird brothers set up as maltsters in Glasgow before expanding their operations into the south of England. In 1925, Hugh Baird purchased the Witham malting site in Essex, in the heart of the ‘granary of England’ and a prime area for growing barley in the UK. Originally a floor maltings, it underwent an extensive refurbishment in the 1960’s. In operation now for over sixty years, Bairds’ Witham Roast House has been a leading supplier of roasted malt to the brewing industry worldwide. Although times have changed since its opening, the underlying roasting process and the company’s passion for creating a quality product remains the same.

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Our Scottish Ale Malt

Our Scottish Ale Malt

We have been serving Scottish breweries since the early 1800s.

Back when we had a brewery on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow, we would also sell malt and hops to local breweries and distilleries.  We were also one the first Maltsters in Scotland to produce roasted malts and the canal was used to send malt across to Guinness in Dublin and to brewers in the North of England.

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An Introduction to our Peated Malts

An Introduction to our Peated Malts

Peated malt is a speciality product predominantly used by Distillers to produce peated whisky, although it is occasionally used by Brewers to produced beers with smoky undertones. For Baird’s, peated malt is solely produced at the Inverness plant in the Highland capital to service both the domestic and export markets, products range from lightly peated distilling malt though to heavily peated distilling malt. Malting is an art consisting of three very distinct stages, they are steeping, germination and kilning. Kilning is the point where peat reek(smoke) is introduced to the malt bed to impart the wonderful smoky characters to the grains.

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