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Isle of Raasay distillery

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The style of spirit produced at Isle of Raasay has long been defined by founder Alasdair Day. A long fermentation and plenty of copper contact, including a cooling jacket on the wash still lyne arm and an inclined lyne arm on the spirit still, will result in a clean, fruity character with an element of smoke imparted by the lightly peated malt. R&B Distillers intends to make full use of maturation in first-fill American oak, European oak and Tuscan red wine casks – a nod to the origins of Raasay’s stills.

Isle of Raasay’s signature whisky may be a fruity, sweet and lightly peated malt – as seen in its pre-emptive release, Raasay While We Wait – but the distillery’s configuration has been created to allow for experimentation with fermentation and distillation. Therefore we can expect to see a variety of styles from this small island distillery.

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  • Region
    Islands
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working
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Isle of Raasay History

R&B Distillers co-founder Alasdair Day had intended to build his first distillery in the Scottish Borders, near to where his great grandfather blended whisky in a grocer’s shop. Day and business partner, internet entrepreneur Bill Dobbie, were in need of a plant to supply malt whisky for their Tweeddale blend.

However it was a recommendation from a friend that led the duo to consider the Hebridean island of Raasay for their first project. The island not only represented a prime opportunity in terms of location, but never before had Raasay been home to a legal whisky distillery.

The company secured the vacant Borodale House in 2015, a Victorian building most recently used as a hotel which has since been renovated into a distillery, visitor centre and luxury overnight accommodation.

The distillery’s first test mashing and distillation runs were conducted in September 2017, with the first casks being filled in October 2017.

In anticipation of the distillery’s first whisky in 2020, R&B created Raasay While We Wait in 2015, a peated Highland single malt that’s reflective of the spirit Raasay distillery will soon produce.

Timeline

  • 2014 R&B Distillers founded by Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie
  • 2016 February: Planning permission received to build Isle of Raasay distillery
  • 2016 April: R&B Distillers break ground on Raasay
  • September 2017 Test mashing and distillation takes place at Isle of Raasay

Isle of Raasay Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    0.94
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube
  • Fermentation Time i
    90 hours
  • Filling Strength i
    63.5%
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    1
  • Heat Source i
    Steam
  • Malt Specification i
    25ppm
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Semi lauter
  • New-make Phenol Level i
    25-40ppm
  • New-make Strength i
    70%
  • Single Malt Percentage i
    100%
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Straight swan neck, inclined lyne arm
  • Spirit Still Size (l) i
    3,600
  • Stills i
    2
  • Warehousing i
    Palletised, all maturation on-site
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Lantern, descending lyne arm (with cooling jacket).
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
    5,000
  • Washback Size (l) i
    5,000
  • Washback Type i
    Stainless steel
  • Washbacks i
    6
  • Water Source i
    Tobar na ba baine spring and borehole
  • Wort Clarity i
    Clear
  • Yeast Type i
    Dried

Owner

Current owner

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Contact

Address
Borodale House
Clachan
Isle of Raasay
Kyle
IV40 8PB
United Kingdom
Visitor Opening Hours
Monday
10am to 5pm
Tuesday
10am to 5pm
Wednesday
10am to 5pm
Thursday
10am to 5pm
Friday
10am to 5pm
Saturday
10am to 5pm
Sunday
10am to 5pm

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See also

  • The Tweeddale The Tweeddale The Tweeddale Brand

    The Tweeddale

    Blended whisky inspired by an early 20th-century recipe.

  • Borders Borders Borders Brand

    Borders

    Single grain precursor to R&B Distillers’ planned Borders distillery.

  • Isle of Harris Distillers Isle of Harris Distillers Isle of Harris Distillers Distiller

    Isle of Harris Distillers

    The holding company created to build and operate Isle of Harris distillery.

  • Isle of Arran Distillers Isle of Arran Distillers Isle of Arran Distillers Distiller & blender

    Isle of Arran Distillers

    Independent distilling operation, with two distilleries, located on the Isle of Arran.

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