An exciting new Hebridean whisky distillery has just launched its first gin ahead of International Scottish Gin Day.

The Isle of Raasay Distillery Gin is the first legal spirit from Raasay, an island rooted in centuries of illicit distilling that is set to also have its own inaugural single malt whisky in 2020.

Raasay Gin

The wonderful views from the distillery site. Picture: Raasay

The new handcrafted gin was launched at a special event on the island and is distilled in a Frilli copper pot still using an expert blend of ten botanicals.

The Raasay Distillery team say the result is a “complex but well balanced” dry gin with a lasting aftertaste “encapsulating Raasay’s style, character and impressive geological variety”.

Local botanist Dr Stephen Bungard and Fiona Williamson, MSc scholar at Herriot Watt, who knows Raasay well having worked a summer season at the distillery in 2018, worked with the distillery staff to perfect the recipe which features rhubarb root, lemon and orange peel, coriander seeds and cubeb pepper, as well as triple distilled Raasay spirit.

Raasay Gin

The distillery team check out the new gin during production. Picture: Raasay

Isle of Raasay Distillery Co-founder Alasdair Day commented: “Our new Isle of Raasay Gin puts island quality first – combining carefully chosen botanicals with water from our well and triple distilled Raasay spirit.

“Raasay’s remarkable geology and our modern island distillery inspired both the creation and presentation of our exciting new Scottish gin that we look forward to sharing with the growing number of visitors to Raasay and gin lovers alike.”

Isle of Raasay Gin Tasting Notes

Nose: Fresh and aromatic, with juniper, citrus and a hint of rhubarb.

Palate: Dry with a burst of juniper, orange and a richer rhubarb note.

Finish: Dry and zesty.Perfect serve: Orange zest strips. Isle of Raasay Gin is made for mixing in traditional G&Ts usingFever-Tree’s Premium Indian Tonic, or in your favourite cocktail.

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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