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Isle of Raasay, Dun Cana Sherry Quarter Cask Single Malt Release (70cl, 52%)

Get to know: Isle of Raasay, Dun Cana Quarter Cask Release (70cl, 52%)

Tasting Note

Introducing Dùn Cana – Sherry Quarter Cask Release, a new whisky encompassing the prowess of Raasay’s mighty volcanic mountain. 66 million years in the making, we’re delighted to introduce this new release into our single malt range.

Peated and unpeated spirit matured first in the strong foundations of their American rye casks with a second maturation in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry quarter casks, this whisky exudes peppery spice, dried sultanas and hints of vanilla with a finish of lingering salty chocolate and a light hint of aromatic wood smoke.

‘Dùn’ is Gaelic for an elevated stronghold. The word has been commonly adopted across Scotland in place names such as ‘Dùn’dee, ‘Dùn’keld, ‘Dùn’fermline and ‘Dùn’add in Argyll. Island legend holds that ‘Cana’ was an island warrior who took to the highest point on Raasay for his stronghold and lookout. The island peak named after Cana became ‘Dùn Cana’ – pronounced ‘Doon Caa-nuh’.

Producer Info

The magical Isle of Raasay lies of the west coast of Scotland in the inner Hebrides just off the Isle of Skye. Rooted in centuries of distilling Raasay provides the ingredients for the perfect spirit and every drop is made on the island using water from the Raasay distillery well.

DÙN CANA is an annual release with each edition offering slight points of difference in cask composition or age. Limited in quantity and available globally, with the First Edition only 14,000 bottles worldwide (5,000 in UK). 52% abv, natural colour and non-chill filtered.

  • Peat Level: Barley 48-52ppm | Residual PPM in bottle: Estimated 6ppm – to be confirmed when full analysis complete
  • Presentation: Natural colour, non-chill filtered
  • First Maturation Cask Type: First fill Ex Rye Woodford Reserve US Kentucky American Oak
  • Second Maturation Cask Type: Ex Oloroso (50%) & Ex Pedro Ximénez (50%) Sherry Quarter Cask 125
  • Spirit Types: Isle of Raasay peated (55%) and unpeated (45%) spirit
  • Prior distillery – first maturation rye casks: Woodford Reserve
  • Bodega – second maturation Oloroso and PX sherry casks: Bodega Jose y Miguel Martin
  • Barley Variety: Concerto & Arbikie laureate barley
  • 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: Narrow cut point
  • Cask Filling Strength: 63.5% abv
  • Distillation Date of Youngest Spirit: 25 November 2019 (3YO – 3 years 11 months)
  • Distillation Date of Oldest Spirit: 14 January 2019 (4YO – 4 years 10 months)
  • First Maturation Vatting: 04/04/2023
  • Second Maturation Vatting: 13/10/2023
  • Bottling: November 2023
  • Maturation & Bottling: Isle of Raasay Distillery
  • Number of Bottles: Approximately 14,000