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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.

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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.

Order Your Cask FAQs

How to Order Your Cask

Order Online

Click here to order your cask online. You can choose to pay by card or BACS/bank transfer.

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By Post

Complete the order form included in our booklet and return to us. Once received, our team will process your order and confirm in writing and email.

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Speak To Our Sales Team

Our sales team are on hand to guide your through the ordering process and to answer any queries on our casks programme. 

Call: +44 (0) 1478 470178
Email: [email protected]

In Person

Visit our distillery or speak to a member of our team to place your order.

Isle of Raasay Distillery
Borodale House, Isle of Raasay, Kyle, Scotland, IV40 8PB (view map >)

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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