Bannocks of Barley Meal


A “bannock” is a flat, round quickbread. When cut, the triangles are called “scones.” Barley itself has been known to be a food crop among Scottish people since the Iron Age. The type of barley grown in Scotland though, was considered an inferior grain for eating generally, compared to others, and it was difficult to grow any grain at all in the colder, rocky Highlands. A barley cake then would have been tough and almost indigestible. Highland whisky distilling was widespread and considerable though, even as far back as the sixteenth century. Barley meal would have been the only grain on hand at most times. It must have been a difficult thing once upon a time deciding whether your limited supply of barley should go to make food or make more whisky.

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Whisky Tunes is the first online, bagpipe music tune book presented in a serial format. Tunes are collected and arranged by Vince Janoski. Vince is the former editor and publisher of The Voice, the magazine of the EUSPBA and publisher and writer for Pipehacker.com.