Isle of Raasay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

In life, some things are inevitable, and change is most certainly one of them. While many fear change, it is not necessarily a bad thing. Ignore it, and you’ll be left in the past. Embrace it, and you can prepare for the future.

The whisky distillery business is a business that is most definitely embracing change. As global focus shifts to more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, distilleries have adjusted the way in which they produce their whisky, and the results speak for themselves.

Make no mistake about it, the whisky distillery industry is changing, yet the key to success is finding the right balance between past, present, and future. Achieve this, and change can be as good as a rest, as evidenced here with the superb Isle of Raasay Distillery and the selection of whiskies they produce.

Small Island, Big Flavours

The Isle of Raasay Distillery, which is located on the remote Hebridean Isle of Raasay, became the first legal distillery on the small island when it opened in 2017. In their six years of operation, they’ve gone from strength to strength, and their single malt Scotch whisky is nothing short of exceptional.

When describing Scotland, it’s easy to use buzzwords such as ‘remote’ to try and romanticise the region and appeal to people who want a little peace and quiet in their lives. Get to these so-called “remote” areas however, and you’ll find that they’re full of tourists and about as remote as Edinburgh during the Fringe. The Isle of Raasay however, really is remote, as it is home to just 160 residents.

Situated on the site of a now disused hotel called Borodale House, owned by R&B Distillers, and founded back in 2014 by Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie, the distillery began its operations in 2017. Thanks to a plentiful supply of mineral-enriched water thanks to the sandstone and volcanic rock found on the island, the whisky produced here has an unmistakable flavour and aroma.

Distilled in copper pot stills and matured in a selection of oak casks, the distillery easily produces 940,000 litres of spirit every single year. It also has its own visitor centre and has one of the finest views of any distillery in the region, and dare we say, the entire world.

Isle of Raasay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The distillery’s flagship whisky has to be their Isle of Raasay Single Malt.

This lightly peated whisky is non-chill filtered, has an all-natural golden amber colour, and has been matured in 3 separate casks (rye whisky casks, Bordeaux red wine casks, and Chinkapin virgin oak casks) to provide a unique depth of flavour.

At 46.4% ABV, it is surprisingly smooth with a thick and slightly oily mouthfeel. Each sip delivers something different.

On the nose you get stewed plums, crisp red apples, and juicy cherries which give way to light woodsmoke, vanilla, and freshly cut grass.

On the palate, more berries shine through, along with black peppercorns, peat smoke, caramel, milky malt, and Scottish shortbread.

The finish is medium length and provides a touch more peat smoke, chewy toffee, salted cashews, and a suggestion of toasted oak lingering in the background.

If you like the sound of the whisky listed above, or any other number of award-winning or limited-edition whiskies produced in the region and beyond, be sure to visit and see what they have available.

Here you’ll find a selection of rare, limited-edition, and award-winning whiskies to suit all palates and all budgets.

Whether you’re looking to invest in whisky, a bottle to treat somebody special, or simply find a sipper to enjoy in an evening, Great Drams have got you covered.

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My name is Greg, and I’m a brand strategy consultant, writer, speaker, host and judge specialising in premium spirits. My mission is to experience, share and inspire with everything great about whisky, whiskey, gin, beer and fine dining through my writing, my brand building and my whisky tastings.

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