The mesmerising journey whisky takes from barley to barrel

We followed the process of making whisky across Scotland – and distilled 21 steps down to three hypnotising minutes

When you’re holding a glass of Scotch whisky, it’s easy to forget that it took several years to get from barley-covered fields to that distinctive spirit enjoyed around the world.

We followed its journey across Britain, from the malting process in Berwick-upon-Tweed to a Glasgow bottling plant, distilling it from its 21 smooth steps from field to tumbler. Learn your ‘mash tun’ from your ‘wort’ – and why a 10-year-old whisky remains 10 years old, even if it’s in a cask for a century – in our mesmerising video.

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