I note that rye is grown in the UK/Ireland...does anyone know if it (or wheat for that matter) were ever distilled? With Canada and the U.S. as rye whiskey producers it begs the question why it was not used elsewhere.
In fact, Germany is the largest rye producer....how, if at all, is it distilled?
"Although rye is inferior in many ways to the predominant cereal crops such as wheat, rice, and maize, rye remains the third most important crop in Germany. Planting rye has significant advantages over other crops. It is considerably more winter hardy than wheat and produces economical yields on poor sandy soils where no other useful crop can grow. It is grown in many areas that have no alternative and is a good rotational crop because of its ability to compete effectively with weeds. Rye used as livestock feed has a low feed value compared to other feed grains and is mixed only in small proportions in feed. On occasion, the international market price of rye, generally below milling wheat prices, makes it an attractive feed grain despite its low feed value."