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"There have been enough applications to treble the population of Raasay" - distillery bosses 'overwhelmed' by response to job advert

The team at the Isle of Raasay Distillery have been 'overwhelmed' by the response to a recent job advert.

Published: January 21, 2021
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The Raasay distillery operator job was advertised by the business - which recently celebrated bottling their first whisky release - earlier this month and the response to the ad has left owners 'overwhelmed'.

The job at Raasay Distillery, which is shift based, is to help with the production, casking, warehousing and bottling of the spirit.

Raasay Distillery is expanding its maturation and bottling facilities, which is why the role has been created.

The job advert stated that “all training will be provided but a demonstrable track record of developing new skills would be advantageous.

“Raasay Distillery is a growing business with many exciting opportunities in the coming years for staff to develop and progress.”

The closing date was 18 January, and the team have posted on their social media describing their delight at the sheer number of applicants - enough to treble the population of the island.

They wrote: "We have been overwhelmed by the response to the advertised new Distillery Operator role.

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"There have been enough applications to treble the population of Raasay! It’s going to take some time to read them all. If you have applied or been in touch, please bear with us and we will respond as soon as possible.

"Thank you to all who have applied!"

Situated on a small island, only 14 miles in length, lying just off the east coast of Skye, Raasay Distillery opened in 2017.

Upon opening, co-founder Alasdair Day described the completion of the project on Raasay as a “dream come true” before adding: “It is the location; an island off an island with complex geology, water and island climate with probably the best views form any distillery in Scotland, that makes Raasay ideal for our innovative Scotch whisky distillery.”

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

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