Isle of Raasay Distillery presents first whisky

The distillery’s Inaugural Release is the first legal whisky ever produced on the island


So this is what they look like, the bottles of the first Isle of Raasay Distillery Single Malt Whisky. Already in September 2020 this Inaugural Release was sold out shortly after being offered (we reported) and the buyers are now waiting for delivery. These include importers and dealers worldwide, also from several European countries. 7,500 bottles were available at all.

It is the first legal whisky ever produced on the Isle of Raasay. The distillery has been producing its lightly peated whisky since September 2017- It has been maturing in different types of casks such as First Fill American Oak, Ex-Rye barrels, Chinchap oak or red wine casks. The Inaugural Release was batched from whisky matured in first fill Tennessee whisky casks and finished in first fill Bordeaux red wine casks. It was bottled non-chill filtered in a natural color at 52% ABV.

“This is a really historic moment as the first legal Isle of Raasay Single Malt leaves the island for the first time. We are very proud of our lightly peated island single malt, and our beautiful bottle that is made with clay moulds of Raasay’s rocks and fossils. It’s like a piece of the island in your hands”, Alasdair Day says, co-founder of the distillery.

Isle of Raasay Single Malt Inaugural Release tasting notes

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