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The Isle of Raasay [raah-see] is a tiny island with a population of only 161 in the Hebrides archipelago between the Isle of Skye and mainland Scotland. Co-founders of the Isle of Raasay Distillery, Bill Dobbie and Alasdair Day identified the island as an optimal location for whisky production and received permission to revitalize the island’s nineteenth-century Borodale House, establishing Isle of Raasay Distillery as the island’s first legal distillery in 2017.
While archaeological evidence suggests illicit distillation occurred on Raasay as recently as 1850, Isle of Raasay Distillery’s state-of-the-art production facility balances traditional whisky-making methods with progressive innovation. Rather than following the Scotch tradition of producing a defined style of single malt and patiently waiting for it to mature—most commonly in ex-bourbon barrels—Isle of Raasay Distillery produces six styles of single malt that are then married together in the final flagship blend.
Using both peated and unpeated single malt, Isle of Raasay utilizes ex-Woodford Reserve Rye whiskey, ex-Bordeaux red wine, and new Chinkapin (also spelled Chinquapin) oak casks of varying toast and char levels to individually mature its whiskies. Once fully matured, the six whiskies are carefully blended to craft the distillery’s flagship Hebridean Single Malt. Additionally, as part of their Na Sia [neh shee-ah] series (meaning “the six” in Gaelic), Isle of Rassay Distillery offers limited single cask bottlings of each of their six whiskies that deconstruct the Hebridean blend and demonstrate the influence of each cask type on both peated and unpeated malt.
Since its establishment, the Isle of Raasay Distillery has become embedded in the island’s tight-knit community through close work with local businesses and the creation of new job opportunities.
Peated Chinkapin Oak Single Cask #19/56. Part of the NA SIA Single Cask Series
- Produced from Concerto barley peated to 48ppm
Brand Tasting Notes: Waves of confectionary cacao, butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla precede a rich palate of smoked cherry wood, vanilla custard, wet leather, and green papaya with ginger, milk chocolate, and faint toasted almond on the finish
- Bottle Size700
- DistilleryIsle of Raasay
- StyleSingle Malt Scotch
- No. of Bottles269
- Country of OriginScotland
- Cask StrengthYes
- Cask TypeChinkapin