Na Sia, meaning ‘The Six’ in Gaelic, is our cask programme that offers you the opportunity to invest in one of our six signature Isle of Raasay Single Malt recipe whisky casks.
Become part of our six cask story and enjoy a night’s stay at our award-winning whisky hotel Borodale House, and enjoy a guided tour of our production areas & tasting for an insight into the people, passion, and processes that make our spirit.
We release a limited 60 casks per year as part of the Na Sia programme. Join our waiting list to register your interest in the Na Sia programme.
The Isle of Raasay Single Malt is matured in six signature whisky casks as part of our unique six-part maturation.
Two Isle of Raasay spirits – peated and unpeated – mature separately in Chinkapin oak, Bordeaux red wine, and Rye Whiskey casks. A first in Scotch whisky history.
Our carefully crafted recipe brings together six casks, each with their own distinctive style and character, to create the perfect lightly peated single malt with rich dark fruit flavours.
Your cask will be filled with your choice of peated and unpeated Isle of Raasay spirit at 63.5% ABV.
Uniquely, we split our production and run peated and unpeated spirit at different times of the year.
Mineral-rich water and long fermentations of up to five days develop rich, dark, fruity flavours in your spirit before it even touches the oak of the cask. Isle of Raasay Distillery peated new-make spirit is 48-52 PPM (Peat or Phenol Parts per Million) and, as is to be expected, has a higher viscosity than our unpeated spirit.
We mash only 100% Scottish barley, and donate all our draff (spent malted barley), to local farmers and crofters as cattle feed. We have also grown and malted Raasay barley using local peat for the first ever 100% Isle of Raasay barley.
Our peated barley is malted using Highland peat, giving a gentle, fragrant smokiness to our spirit. The PPM (Peat or Phenol Parts Per Million) of our peated malt is 48-52. Uniquely, we split our production between peated and unpeated spirit, filling our casks with either peated or unpeated 63.5% ABV Isle of Raasay spirit at different times of the year.
Falling as rain on Dùn Cana, the island’s highest peak, our water flows across volcanic rock and filters through Jurassic sandstone into our own well, Tobar na Ba Bàine (the Well of the Pale Cow), lying deep beneath the distillery.
This mineral-rich water adds character to our spirit at every stage of production, from mashing, fermentation and distillation, to cask reduction and bottling.
All of our whisky casks are matured in our island warehouses next to the distillery, maximising the influence of the Hebridean climate on your single malt Scotch whisky.
Mineral-rich water, long fermentations and our unique distilling process help develop sweet dark fruit characteristics in our spirit before it even touches the oak of the cask.
Your very own Isle of Raasay Single Malt is distilled, matured, and bottled in the Hebrides.
1. CHOOSE YOUR CASK
Choose from our six signature casks – unpeated ex-rye whiskey, unpeated chinkapin oak, unpeated ex-Bordeaux red wine, peated ex-rye whiskey, peated chinkapin oak or peated ex-Bordeaux red wine.
2. THE PAPERWORK
We will send you our full terms and conditions for you to sign along with your cask owner’s certificate.
3. TIME TO MATURE
Your cask will mature in Raasay’s heady island air for up to 10 years in our full size casks and 3 years in our bespoke 30 litre casks.
4. VISIT YOUR CASK
Cask owners will be invited to exclusive Cask Owners Events and will be able to sample their maturing spirit at set times agreed with the distillery.
We will bottle your spirit at standard industry bottling rates. Your bottles can be delivered to you or collected from the distillery.
Freshly charred and toasted, these custom made Chinkapin, or Quercus Muehlenbergii American white oak casks are a type of oak native to central and eastern North America.
The fresh charring of the cask brings a rich colour and flavour early on in the maturation process, and the high toast caramelises the natural sugars in the wood. Expect sweet toffee and butterscotch on the nose, with vibrant dark fruit flavours and deep, rich colours at a young age.
Stained red on the outside, these high quality ex-Bordeaux red wine casks are delivered fresh to the island from the châteaux of South West France. In the first few months of maturation, our spirit develops a pink hue in these casks, which turns into a deeper, darker red.
Bold flavours and fruity notes develop in the spirit – including dried fruits, sultana, grape, Christmas cake & bread pudding.
These American ex-Rye Whiskey casks are from Woodford Reserve Distillery, Kentucky, where they use 53% rye in their mash bill. The flavours emulate history’s original rye whiskeys, with strong peppery, spicy flavours in a sea of fruit and butterscotch.
These casks develop interesting pepper, spice and butter flavours in our whisky.
We release a limited 60 casks per year as part of the Na Sia programme. Join our Slàinte Club waiting list to register your interest in the 2024 Na Sia programme.
Slàinte Club members also enjoy £5 off their first online order over £50, and are always the first to find out about new releases and stories from the island.
Become part of our six cask story and enjoy a night’s stay at our award-winning whisky hotel with breakfast and a distillery tour.
All Na Sia cask owners will receive the following benefits:
Alongside our Na Sia signature range, we also offer bespoke 30 litre miniature casks. These casks are available in *peated or unpeated spirit.
Specially commissioned from the Speyside Cooperage, these bespoke 30 litre casks are constructed from former Speyside whisky casks. Due to the increased contact with the oak in these smaller casks, we recommend bottling after three years.
Oak Variety: Quercus Alba, American Oak
Currently Not Available
Our 30 litre casks are currently out of stock we have no plans in the immediate future to sell small casks.
Join our waiting list to be the first to know if those plans change.
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