Join us in celebrating #WorldWhiskyDay this Saturday with £10 off all 70cl whiskies in our distillery and online shop and share a dram of our national drink of uisge-beatha. World Whisky Day is a chance to celebrate the spirit and craft that goes into creating the first Isle of Raasay Single Malt in Scotch whisky history. At the distillery we are especially proud of the wider impact this has had on the island so far.
Raasay Island Life
With an area of just 24.1 square miles and a population of just under 200, the Isle of Raasay is the smallest island with a Scotch whisky distillery. Raasay benefits from a well developed, regular ferry service and passionate, enterprising businesses such as the community-owned Raasay Stores and the award-winning hotel and outdoor centre, Raasay House.
We are proud to be part of Raasay’s exciting future as one of the island’s largest employers with over 10% of the island’s population now working at the distillery. Many islanders have moved back to Raasay to work in the distillery which offers a variety of opportunities for young workers to stay on the island. We’re proud to be part of this vibrant island community and of our contribution to sustaining its local economy and its future with investment and jobs. Working together we are committed to bottling a whisky which is truly of Raasay.
Making a Truly Raasay Whisky
Since our first distillation in September 2017, almost 2,000 casks have been filled with Raasay spirit, all of which are now maturing on Raasay in what is currently our sole bonded warehouse.
We’ve recently opened this warehouse to select distillery tours at 12:00 noon each day. A great opportunity to see close-up the summation of all our hard work so far in one single room. We are committed to ensuring this spirit is imbued with our sense of place. Indeed our whisky will be one of only a few in Scotland to be distilled, matured and bottled all in one location, using a single water supply, drawn from our own well located only metres from our copper pot stills.
Raasay Warehousing & Barley Trials
As we continue to fill more and more casks, we are also in the process of building new warehousing facilities located less than a mile from the distillery. We are using our resourceful island building and construction specialists for the project which will soon create more employment opportunities when we begin bottling our inaugural whisky release next year.
Out in the fields we’ve also been experimenting with growing barley on the island, working with the Orkney Agronomy institute over the last three years to identify barley that will grow here and is best suited to be malted with Raasay peat.
The Scotch whisky industry is one of the largest employers in rural Scotland and we are proud to play our part in supporting the island economy with the help of the Raasay community. Together we look forward to celebrating future World Whisky Days with a dram of Isle of Raasay Single Malt that has been distilled, matured and bottled on the Isle of Raasay.
Slàinte, and enjoy the day!