A Day of Dark Barley The final story of the series features Maltman, Robbie Gormley, and Mashman, Brian Webster. On a normal day at The Balvenie Distillery in 1992, some unusually dark, brittle barley was delivered to the distillery's courtyard and picked up by Robbie and Brian. The delivery took everybody by surprise, as it was very different to the light barley they normally recieve. The dark barley was then kept seperate from the other barley in the malt house. In the malt house the dry barley is stored in the loft and is then dropped in small batches of eight tonnes into tanks to activate it. After the barley is steeped it is spread across the floor to germinate. The chocolate malt, as the dark barley is called, is usually used to make beer. Resulting in a 26-year-long experiment, the final result has notes of soft brown sugar, honey and a mild oaky spiciness.