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Isle of Raasay unveils first legal whisky made on the Hebridean island

The Isle of Raasay Distillery has unveiled their their first whisky release.

Published: November 18, 2020
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The first legal single malt from the Hebridean Isle of Raasay has been unveiled, and it's sure to go down in whisky making history books.

The Isle of Raasay single malt will be housed in a decanter-like bottle, the design of which has been inspired by the rugged natural beauty of its Hebridean home.

The inaugural release 2020 sold out in September this year, with the much-anticipated 7,500 bottles snapped up by whisky fans and selected trade partners.

Isle of Raasay distillery co-founder Alasdair Day said: “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."

The Raasay whisky

Matured in first fill Tennessee Whiskey casks and finished in first fill Bordeaux red wine casks, the Isle of Raasay Single Malt Inaugural Release is elegant, lightly peated, with rich dark fruit flavours.

Natural in colour, and non-chill filtered - every drop distilled, matured, and bottled on the Isle of Raasay.

The Isle of Raasay Single Malt Inaugural Release will be available via trade partners in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, South Korea, Japan, and China.

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The distillery has also now sold out of its Raasay Rising casks – the 45 Tennessee Whiskey casks that were used to mature this historic release.

Other casks are available to purchase and to try before you buy on the distillery website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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