Isle of Raasay Single Malt
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Found on the island of the same name, Isle of Raasay is the first legal distillery to operate on its coastal home! The Inner Hebridean islet lies off the east coast of Skye, and the island’s permanent population stands at just 170. The distillery filled its first casks in October 2017, with the first single malt released in 2020.
It prides itself on using 100% Scottish barley, while the team is growing Raasay barley for the future. This is its first core release, and takes inspiration from older styles of Hebridean single malts, so is lightly smoky thanks to a blend of both peated (using floral Highland peat) and unpeated Raasay spirits. The two spirit types are matured separately, both in a combination of rye whiskey, chinkapin oak, and Bordeaux red wine casks, before being married together.
Cooked cherry, red apple, and aromatic wood smoke, with lemon blossom, and a waft of fresh hay.
Raisin cookie, buttery oak, and forest fruits, balanced by peat smoke and sea-washed pebbles.
The smoke lingers, along with damp earth, dark berries, and salted caramel.