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Isle of Raasay, Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery of the Year 2023 (70cl, 50.70%)

Get to know: Isle of Raasay, Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery of the Year 2023

Tasting Note

Honouring their ‘Distillery of the Year’ award at the Scottish Whisky Awards 2022, this release is an unpeated spirit matured in ex Four Roses bourbon casks before a second maturation in Quercus humboldtii oak. At 5 years old, this is the oldest Isle of Raasay whisky released to date. It is their first major UNPEATED release.

The spirit has notes vanilla, black cherries, sugar caramel, savoury spice and butterscotch with a long finish of crème brûlée.

Producer Info

Distilled, matured, bottled and shipped directly from the Isle of Raasay. Isle of Raasay population: 161 people.

Distilled in August 2018, bottled in August 2023, this whisky is the oldest liquid they have released to date.

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

Scotland, Inner Hebrides