Isle of Raasay Distillery of the Year Special Release 2023 50.7% Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70cl

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RELEASE DATE August 2023

Honouring their ‘Distillery of the Year’ award at the Scottish Whisky Awards 2022, this release is the Isle of Raasay unpeated spirit matured in ex-Four Roses bourbon casks before a second maturation in Quercus humboldtii oak.

At five years old, this is the oldest Isle of Raasay whisky they have released to date and their first major unpeated release.

Every drop of spirit is aged and bottled in their island warehouses, supporting the local economy while maximising the influence of the Hebridean climate on their single malt whisky.

Limited release of 9500 bottles worldwide

Non-chill filtered and natural colour.

ABV 50.7% 

Net weight: 1.5kg

Tasting Notes & Facts

This golden, unpeated spirit boasts notes of vanilla and butterscotch with a long finish of crème brûlée.

Release Date: September 2023
ABV: 50.7%
Presentation: Natural colour, non-chill filtered
First Maturation Cask Type: Ex Bourbon and Tennessee Four Roses US Kentucky American Oak ASB 190 Litres
Second Maturation Cask Type: Virgin Oak Colombian Oak ASB 200 Litres
Spirit Types: Isle of Raasay unpeated spirit
Barley Variety: Concerto
Yeast Type: MW
Water Source: Isle of Raasay Distillery 60 metre well on site – Tobar na Bà Baine
Fermentation Time: 3 and 5 day fermentations
Spirit Cut Point: 75% to 67%
Cask Filling Strength: 63.5% abv
Distilled: 16/08/2018 – 21/08/2018
Vatting: August 2023
Bottling: August 2023
Maturation & Bottling: Isle of Raasay Distillery
Number of Bottles: 9,500

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Co-founders Bill Dobbie and Alasdair Day first met in 2013 and formed R&B Distillers with the common goal of building Scotland’s leading artisanal distiller. Focusing on local production, provenance, quality and doing things differently.

By 2015, they had identified the Isle of Raasay as providing the ingredients for the perfect dram, and planning permission to begin work revitalising the Isle of Raasay’s nineteenth century Borodale House into a state-of-the-art distillery, visitor centre, and luxury accommodation was granted in 2016.

Starting with a blank sheet of paper, they set about designing a distillery to create exceptional whisky that develops elegance, complexity, and depth early on in the maturation process and a handcrafted Hebridean gin that encapsulates Raasay’s style, character and impressive geological variety.

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