Isle of Raasay Distillery adds 45 historic first casks to its cask program

Owning a cask with maturing Scottish whisky - here's your chance


The Isle of Raasay Distillery started production in September 2017 and will launch its first whisky later this year. The first 45 casks that were once filled are now available for another filling: the lightly peated new spirit matured in them to become the first Isle of Raasay Single Malt Whisky was transferred into red wine casks for finishing. These historic 45 casks (ex-bourbon) are now offered for refilling as part of the distillery’s cask ownership program.

Buy your own cask

The Isle of Raasay Distillery has been offering a cask program since 2018. Interested whisky fans can choose a cask here on the distillery website and have it filled with peated or unpeated new make. The cask price is £999 for a small 30-liter cask (3 years of maturation included) or £5,000 for a 190-250 liter cask (up to 10 years maturation included). Ex-Speyside casks are used for the small casks, different types of casks are available for the large ones:

  • First-fill ex-bourbon whiskey barrel (Four Roses)
  • Ex-high rye whiskey barrel (Woodford Reserve)
  • Ex-Bordeaux red wine barrique
  • Ex-Manzanilla Sherry Hogs Head
  • Ex-Tennessee Whiskey Barrel (Jack Daniels)

If a whole cask of whisky is too much for you, there is also the possibility to join a cask sharing program, costs are from £40 per share.

The historic first 45 casks of the Isle of Raasay Distillery

"The '45 Cask Offering" is now added on the website: the ex-bourbon barrels in which the first Raasay Single Malt Whisky was matured - a lightly peated spirit - are now available for filling. 45 of them to honour Bonnie Prince Charly who spent two days on Raasay during his odyssey following the defeat at Culloden.

Isle of Raasay Distillery co-founder Alasdair Day said: “The first 45 casks ever filled on Raasay, an island rooted in centuries of illicit distilling, hold a very special place in our distillery’s history. Rich in sweet vanilla and butterscotch flavours, with hints of smokiness from our lightly peated inaugural spirit, these Bourbon casks are available with your choice of heavily peated or unpeated Raasay spirit.”

The price of £4,000 includes the 190-liter cask, which will be stored for up to ten years at the distillery on Raasay, an overnight stay in the whisky hotel of the distillery, so that you can fill the casks yourself if you wish, and a bottle of the Inaugural Release, the first Raasay Single Malt Whisky.

Images: Isle of Raasay Distillery