ADDITIONAL AWARDS:

2021 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

2021 Scottish Whisky Awards – Brand Experience of the Year

2019 Scottish Whisky Awards: Tourism Destination of the Year

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 distillery. 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 spirit, and planning permission to begin work revitalizing the Isle of Raasay’s nineteenth century Borodale House into a state-of-the-art distillery, visitor center, 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.

Since its establishment, the Isle of Raasay Distillery has brought job opportunities to the island, worked closely with other local businesses and become embedded in the island’s tight-knit community.

Part of the distillery’s ethos is to produce, mature, bottle and market every drop of spirit directly from the island. This seeks to maximize the influence of the island on the spirit, and the distillery on the island. To quote the inimitable Whisky Writer Dave Broom at our distillery opening: ‘we are not just making alcohol, we are making spirit.’

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Isle of Raasay Single Malt

Our flagship Isle of Raasay Single Malt Whisky, 46.4% ABV, no color added, non-chill filtered. Lightly peated with rich dark fruit flavors.

Two Isle of Raasay spirits – peated and unpeated – are matured separately in first fill Rye whiskey, fresh Chinkapin Oak and first fill Bordeaux red wine casks.

Our six recipe casks marry together to create the perfect dram with real elegance, complexity, and depth.

2022 World Whiskies Awards – Category Winner – Scotch Islands (non Islay) Small Batch Single Malt No Age Statement

2022 Scotland Food & Drink Distilled Spirit of the Year

2022 Spirits Business Scotch Masters – Isle of Raasay Single Malt – Gold

IWSC Gold Winner: 95 Points

2021 Scottish Whisky Awards: Newcomer of the Year

World Whiskies Awards: Winner of Small Batch Non Age Statement

Isle of Raasay Gin

Presenting our handcrafted Scottish island gin, now in a bottle as beautifully crafted as the liquid inside. Our bottle is a reflection of the impressive island geology and our recipe combines ten carefully chosen botanicals, including Raasay juniper, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, and our double distilled spirit.
Bottled at 46% using water from our well, this is the first legal spirit from an island rooted in centuries of illicit distilling.
Every drop of our Scottish gin is lovingly distilled and bottled on the Isle of Raasay.
Dry, zesty, refreshing and smooth

2022 Spirits Business Global Gin Masters – Gold

ex Rye Whiskey Single Cask

These American ex-Rye Whiskey casks are from Woodford Reserve Distillery, KY where they use 53% Rye in their mash bill.  The flavors emulate history’s original Rye whiskies with strong, peppery, spicy flavors in a sea of fruit and butterscotch.
These casks develop interesting pepper, spice, and butterscotch flavors in our whisky.
Flavor Profile:
Black Pepper
Butterscotch
Sweet Spice
Vanilla
259 Bottles at 61.6% abv.

These American ex-Rye Whiskey casks are from Woodford Reserve Distillery, Kentucky, where they use 53% Rye in their mash bill.

The flavors emulate history’s original Rye whiskeys, with strong peppery, spicy flavors in a sea of fruit and butterscotch.

61.5% abv.

239 Bottles

Chinkapin Oak Single Cask

 

Freshly charred and toasted, these custom made Chinkapin, or Quercus Muehlenbergii, American White Oak casks are a type of Oak native to Central and Eastern North America.
The fresh charring of the cask brings a rich color and flavor early on in the maturation process and the high toast caramelizes the natural sugars in the wood.  Expect sweet toffee and butterscotch on the nose; with vibrant dark fruit flavors and deep, rich colors at a young age.
Flavor Profile:
Toffee, Scottish Tablet
Sweet ginger, Heather Honey
Dark fruits, red currants
Malted Granary bread
307 Bottles at 61.2% abv.

Freshly charred and toasted, these custom made Chinkapin, or Quercus Muehlenbergii American White Oak, casks are a type of Oak native to Central and Eastern North America.

The fresh charring of the cask brings a rich color and flavor early on in the maturation process, and the high toast caramelizes the natural sugars in the wood. Expect sweet toffee and butterscotch on the nose, with vibrant dark fruit flavors and deep, rich colors at a young age.

61.4% abv.

269 Bottles

ex-Bordeaux Red Wine Single Cask

Stained red on the outside, these high quality ex-Bordeaux red wine casks are delivered fresh to the island from the château in South West France.  In the first few moths of maturation, our spirit develops a pink hue in these casks (which turns into a deeper, darker red).
Bold flavors and fruity notes develop in the spirit including dried fruits, sultana, grape, Christmas cake, & bread pudding.
Flavor Profile:
Savory spice, cinnamon
Cherries, black grapes
Sandalwood
A hint of saltiness.
307 Bottles at 61.2% abv.

Stained red on the outside, these high quality ex-Bordeaux red wine casks are delivered fresh to the island from the Châteaux of South West France. In the first few months of maturation, our spirit develops a pink hue in these casks, which turns into a deeper, darker red.

Bold flavors and fruity notes develop in the spirit – including dried fruits, sultana, grape, Christmas cake, & bread pudding.

59.5% abv.

296 Bottles

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