Today the Isle of Raasay Distillery reaches another important milestone in its history by opening their visitor centre for tours, the visitor’s centre is located in Borodale House where they also offer accommodation for their visitors.
The distillery is the first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay and was opened 2017, already in September the same year distillation was begun meaning their first scotch single malt whisky will arrive in 2020.
While We Wait
While We Wait is a series of single malt whiskies released for showing how the coming single malt whisky from the Isle of Raasay Distillery will taste like. It consists of two expressions from one distillery (unknown), one peated and one non-peated.
So far three version have been released. The first one was finished for 8 weeks, the second one for 18 months and the latest third one is a 50-50 mix of the two first versions. All version are ex-bourbon matured and have been finished in a Tuscan red wine cask. The goal is to offer whisky matured in first-fill American oak, European oak and Tuscan red wine casks. A very unusual practice is to store the casks standing up for the first 4-5 years, we hope to get back to this interesting practice!
The whisky is described as fruity, sweet and lightly peated.
Isle of Raasay
Isle of Raasay is an island situated between the Isle of Skye and the mainland. The island only have 120 inhabitants and the nearest larger town is Portree on the Isle of Skye.