Inaugural Release of the Isle of Raasay Single Malt already sold out

But there’s still hope to get your hands on a bottle


The Isle of Raasay Distillery has announced the launch of its first whisky for November 2020. The distillery is assuming a total of 7,500 bottles for this Inaugural Release. In online pre-sale, 4,350 bottles were offered for 99 pounds and all of them are already sold out. According to the press release from the Isle of Raasay Distillery, the remaining bottles have been promised to a selection of international specialist dealers, bars and restaurants - so there is still hope of being lucky to achieve a bottle in November.

A piece of Scotch whisky history

Alasdair Day, founder of the distillery, proudly says: “We are delighted to have sold out of our Isle of Raasay Single Malt Inaugural Release before it’s bottled in November. This is the first legal whisky from an island rooted in centuries of illicit distilling, so it really is a piece of Scotch whisky history! We have created an elegant, lightly peated dram that’s rich in dark fruit flavours, with a nice level of peatiness to warm the taste buds like a warm island welcome!

If you have missed out, we will let you know at the time of bottling where you can get your hands on a bottle via our trade partners in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, South Korea, Japan and China. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the distillery and become part of our story so far.”

Details on the Isle of Raasay Single Malt Inaugural Release

The Inaugural Release will be bottled without chill filtration, at natural colour and with an alcohol content of 52% ABV. It is a whisky made from lightly peated malt; 15-20 ppm should give the single malt a noticeable, but not too strong smoky charakter. We learn in advance that it is rich in dark fruit flavours. It is made with 100% barley from Scotland. The Isle of Raasay whisky is produced, matured and also bottled on the island. In the future there will be both peated and unpeated whisky from the Isle of Raasay, matured in various casks. In order to give an outview on the styles of the whisky to be expected from the Raasay Distillery, various "While we wait" bottlings with whisky from another distillery have been released in advance.

Producer’s tasting notes for the Inaugural Release

Matured in first fill American oak and finished in first fill Bordeaux red wine casks - expect almond, hazelnut, and sweet spice flavours from the American oak, and caramel, toffee and creamy chocolate notes from the previous Tennessee Whiskey contents. The French oak finishing adds savoury spice flavours, and another layer of complexity and flavour from the rich dark fruit flavours of the Bordeaux red wine.

Images: Isle of Raasay Distillery