The Excise Act of 1788 outlawed stills under a hundred gallons, and from 1823, a license to distil was required and every gallon of spirit taxed.
Illicit distilling is said to have taken place on Raasay as recently as 1850, with archaeological evidence of a still evident today.
Over 150 years later, whisky has finally returned to Raasay. This time legally.
The Hebridean Isle of Raasay is the perfect location for distilling, maturing and bottling island Scotch whisky.
Our core Raasay expression will be a lightly peated, fruity single malt that combines centuries of expertise with Raasay’s high quality natural ingredients and idyllic landscape.
Provenance, people, and fine-tuned whiskies are at the heart of everything we do.Our Whisky
Water flows from Raasay’s highest peak, Dun Caan’s volcanic basalt rock, across granophyric granite and down through porous Jurassic sandstone – dissolving a range of minerals in the water as it makes its way to our well.
‘Tobar na Ba Bàine’, our water source known as ‘The Well of the Pale Cow’ in English, gives life to our whisky.
Raasay’s mineral-rich water is used at every stage of production – for our long fermentations to create a fruity spirit, cask reduction, and of course tasting!Our Whisky
Working with local farmer Andrew Gillies, we have successfully grown and harvested barley on Raasay for the first time in a generation. We want to expand this collaboration across the island while using local peat to dry the barley, and create a 100% Isle of Raasay Single Malt that is matured and bottled on Raasay.
In 2018, we produced spirit from the 2017 Raasay barley crop, and the first ever single malt made from Raasay grown barley will be released in 2021.
The Isle of Raasay Distillery produces island single malt Scotch whisky.
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An experienced entrepreneur, Bill has led a number of highly successful private equity funded businesses. He also sits on the boards of several companies. Bill’s taste for business is perhaps matched only by his taste for fine whisky.
Alasdair’s family heritage lies in whisky; his great-grandfather was an early 19th century blender. His other great grand-father hailed from the Hebrides. In 2014 Alasdair teamed up with Bill to begin the journey to build their own distillery.
Born and raised on the Isle of Raasay, Norman has been involved in the distillery from the early days working as site engineer and construction foreman on our state of the art distillery. With unparalleled local knowledge, Norman is the ideal ambassador for Raasay and for the distillery.