The first legal distillery on the tiny isle of Raasay has been producing great malt since 2015. Their Grain of Truth is an exciting adventure in grain whisky.
Bringing back tradition
The last working distillery on Rassay dates back to 1850 and wasn’t exactly legitimate, at least not in the eyes of the law. When R&B distillers opened the Isle of Raasay Distillery there, they were the first working distillery on the island since then.
Considering how remote the island is and how small, it’s really no wonder that there hasn’t been a lot of (legal) activity there for quite sometime. With a population of around 170, there isn’t a lot else going on.For R&B it was a chance to separate themselves from the hundreds of other Scotch brands and a chance to create a new malt in an exciting area.
The brand itself is owned by Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie who started it in 2014, with plans to build a distillery on Raasay as well as one on the borders, another area with few distilleries.
While your whisky cabinet might be full of single malts and blends, grain whisky is definitely growing in popularity. A lot of grain whisky is used in blends these days, to give it a bolder flavour and because it is more efficient to make. Tweeddale by Isle of Raasay Distillery is one example of a grain whisky, others include Nikka Coffey, Invergordon and Gordon. At GreatDrams we even have our own grain whisky!
Tweeddale Grain of Truth itself is made from 50% wheat and 50% barley and has been matured in Bourbon casks and finished for nine months in Oloroso sherry casks.
Tasting notes for Isle of Raasay Tweeddale Grain of Truth Scotch Grain Whisky
Bottle cost: £43.95
The nose begins with notes of nectarines, oranges, peaches and a hint of apricot. Honey comes through strongly and adds a lovely richness. Hint of dark chocolate and tobacco leaves.
The palate is elegant and full of sherry notes. More citrus fruits, vanilla and caramel with a lovely dose of dark chocolate. The mouth feel is creamy and mellow. More fruit appears, alongside warming nutmeg.
The finish if bold and lingers on oak wood and spice.
Grain of Truth Scotch is a brilliant grain whisky and definitely worth adding to your whisky cabinet. We can’t wait to see what else Raasay Distillery get up to!
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