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From Peated to Unpeated Spirit

From Peated to Unpeated Spirit

It has been a week of significant change at the distillery, as we evolve our signature Raasay whisky recipe and move production from peated to unpeated spirit. Peat is arguably one of the most recognisable and persistent of all the complex flavours in malt whisky. Its smoky presence is instantly detected in dry malt, new make spirit, and of course swirling around in the Raasay air.

Raasay Distillery Mashtun

Our distiller Iain Robertson and distillery manager Norman Gillies face the challenge of exorcising the ‘ghost peat’ still haunting the malt silo, mill, mashtun, washbacks, stills and spirit receivers. With around 230 casks filled, it will take a few runs before we are distilling truly unpeated spirit. It is also an exciting change to have a malt silo filled with unpeated malt, and a still house wafting a different aroma. We look forward to seeing just how unpeated spirit will play its part in creating the defining character of our future Raasay single malt, a lighted peated and fruity island whisky.

Raasay Tunes with Peter & Seumas

Raasay Tunes at Raasay Distillery

Get set for Easter with a magical, musical Hebridean mini-break to the beautiful Isle of Raasay for our night of Raasay Tunes. The evening will feature the best of local music, complementary piping hot stovies, the finest craft ales and, of course, whiskies.

Why not make a weekend of it and stay overnight at the Isle of Raasay Distillery by becoming a member of our Na Tùsairean Whisky Club. Our accommodation partner Raasay House is also offering special deals combining the Raasay Tunes event with accommodation and a Distillery Tour.

Date & Time: 23 March | 19:00 till late

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Our Multitalented Team

Mary, Raasay Distillery - (Image Copyright BBC & Film Roundhouse)

Image Copyright BBC & Film Roundhouse

We were delighted to see our talented Mary profiled in a beautiful BBC short film. Artist Mary is a member of our hospitality team looking after Borodale House and hails from another famous whisky producing island, Orkney.

While she has moved to Raasay, she maintains a presence on Orkney with her work featured in the Drawing Routes exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness. The exhibition also features drawings by our head tour guide Calum Gillies – more on him later!

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Six Nations

Iain Robertson has pointed out that with the Puni Distillery in the Italian Alps and around 40 distilleries across France, the concept of Six Nations Whisky is a reality. So, with the Championship still in the balance, whether win, lose or draw, both whisky and rugby will surely continue to bring our six nations together.


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