Isle of Raasay’s historic whisky release is a big hitter

Alasdair Day, co-founder of the Isle of Raasay Distillery

THE first single malt release from the Isle of Raasay Distillery has sold out ahead of its launch in November.

The Isle of Raasay Single Malt Inaugural Release, which was available as a limited edition release of 7500 bottles, was matured in first fill American oak casks before being finished in first fill Bordeaux red wine casks.

Bottled at 52% ABV, non-chill filtered and of natural colour, the spirit is described as an “elegant, lightly peated” dram that is “rich in dark fruit flavours”.

Alasdair Day, co-founder of the Isle of Raasay Distillery, said: “We are delighted to have sold out of our Isle of Raasay Single Malt Inaugural Release before it’s bottled in November.

“This is the first legal whisky from an island rooted in centuries of illicit distilling, so it really is a piece of Scotch whisky history!

“We have created an elegant, lightly peated dram that’s rich in dark fruit flavours, with a nice level of peatiness to warm the taste buds like a warm island welcome!

“If you have missed out, we will let you know at the time of bottling where you can get your hands on a bottle via our trade partners in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, South Korea, Japan and China.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the distillery and become part of our story so far.”

The distillery recently launched its ’45 cask programme which allows the public to purchase the first 45 American oak bourbon barrels filled at the facility.