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Join the Raasay Rising – The ‘45

The ‘45 Casks and Whisky Glass in Warehouse

On the 16th April in 1746, the Jacobite army fought the final confrontation of the 1745 rising at the Battle of Culloden.

The rising, known as the ’45 Rebellion, was led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, who spent the months following Culloden on the run from government troops with a £30,000 bounty on his head.

The young prince spent two nights hiding out on Raasay under the protection of the Macleods of Raasay. Teàrlach Òg Stiùbhairt as he was known, is undoubtedly one of the most famous historical figures to ever set foot on Raasay.

The ‘45 Casks in Raasay Distillery's Warehouse

Slàinte Mhòr

The story goes that Slàinte Mhòr, one of the most popular Gaelic toasts, was in fact a Jacobite toast to the health of Marion. Mòr being Gaelic for Marion, the ‘kenning’ or secret name for the prince.

The ‘45 Cask Offering from Raasay Distillery

Join The Raasay Rising

In a nod to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s time hiding out on Raasay, the first 45 whisky casks filled at our distillery are being released as part of the ‘Raasay Rising’. These historic American oak bourbon barrels were used to mature our lightly peated inaugural Isle of Raasay spirit that is now finishing maturation in Bordeaux red wine casks.

The ‘45 Cask Details

190 litres
Expected Bottles:
Approximately 250
Spirit Type:
Peated or Unpeated 63.5% ABV Raasay spirit.
Cask Type:
Ex-American oak whiskey barrel, formerly containing the lightly peated inaugural Isle of Raasay spirit.
Your cask will be protected on the Isle of Raasay for 10 years, maturing in the island’s heady air. We are happy to discuss longer maturations if you would like to age your whisky beyond 10 years.

Exclusive Raasay Rising Perks

All ‘45 cask owners will receive the following benefits:

  • Spend a night ‘hiding out’ on Raasay at the Isle of Raasay Distillery’s whisky hotel.
  • An Isle of Raasay Distillery tour for two at our five-star Visitor Centre plus the chance to fill your own cask and sample the new-make spirit.
  • A complimentary bottle of our Inaugural Isle of Raasay Single Malt release, the same spirit matured in the ‘45 casks.
  • Isle of Raasay Distillery Cask Owner Certificate including our new single malt branding and cask owner’s keyring.
  • Exclusive invitations to immersive Cask Owner Experiences at the Isle of Raasay Distillery and Manor Place tasting room in Edinburgh.

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Isle of Raasay Whisky Casks

In addition to our The ‘45 Cask Offering we also offer a range of other cask options. Choose between one of our small, full size, or shared Raasay whisky casks via Caskshare, and become part of the Isle of Raasay Distillery story.

Build a cask to best suit your tastes with our range of oak varieties, sizes, and your choice of either peated or unpeated Raasay spirit.

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The Isle of Raasay, an island rooted in centuries of illicit distilling, provides the ingredients for the perfect dram. Our lightly peated Isle of Raasay Single Malt is an expression of this magical place.

Our zesty, smooth and refreshing Isle of Raasay Gin combines an exciting selection of ten Raasay and traditional botanicals, including Raasay juniper, sweet orange peel, rhubarb root and our double distilled spirit.

Enjoy a warm island welcome at our award-winning visitor centre and whisky hotel, Borodale House. Discover our tour options and book today, or better still, wake up in the Isle of Raasay Distillery for an unforgettable experience!