The ‘45 Cask Offering
The first 45 casks ever filled at the Isle of Raasay Distillery were American oak bourbon barrels. These historic bourbon casks, rich in sweet vanilla and butterscotch flavours, are now being made available as part of our Raasay Rising cask offer.
Your purchase entitles you to come and fill your cask personally while spending the night in our whisky hotel. If you cannot make it to Raasay to fill your cask, we can fill it on your behalf and you can visit your sleeping single malt at a later date. You will also receive a bottle of our Inaugural Isle of Raasay Single Malt release, the same spirit that was matured in these exclusive ‘45 casks.
The story goes that Slàinte mhòr, one of the most popular Gaelic toasts, is in fact a Jacobite toast to Marion, the “kenning” or secret name for Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Bonnie Prince Charlie, or Teàrlach Òg Stiùbhairt as he was known, is undoubtedly one of the most famous historical figures to ever set foot on Raasay. After the 1745 Jacobite rising and Battle of Culloden the following year, the young Prince Charles Edward Stuart spent two days under the protection of the Macleods of Raasay.
The Hebridean Isle of Raasay, the smallest Scotch whisky producing island in the world, is the perfect location for protecting your single cask, single malt island whisky.
Nestled perfectly between the Isle of Skye and Scotland’s stunning west coast, the Isle of Raasay (Old Norse for roe deer island) is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, impressive geology, and fascinating history.
Illicit distilling is said to have taken place here as recently as 1850, and archaeological evidence exists of a still within a ruin on the island. More than 150 years later, whisky has returned to Raasay. This time legally.
At the Isle of Raasay Distillery, we produce both peated and unpeated new-make spirit using water from our well. We are running peated spirit through our stills until the tail end of 2020, when we will switch to producing unpeated Raasay spirit.
The first 45 casks ever filled at the Isle of Raasay Distillery were American oak bourbon barrels. Our lightly peated inaugural Isle of Raasay spirit was matured in these casks before being transferred to finish maturation in the highest quality Bordeaux red wine casks.
These historic bourbon casks, rich in sweet vanilla and butterscotch flavours, are now being made available as part of our Raasay Rising cask offer.
A unique experience is on offer. Your purchase entitles you to come and fill your cask personally while ’hiding out’ for a night on the Isle of Raasay in our luxurious Victorian villa. If you cannot make it to Raasay to fill your cask, we can fill it on your behalf and you can visit your sleeping single malt at a later date.
Peated or Unpeated 63.5% ABV Raasay spirit.
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.
All ‘45 cask owners will receive the following benefits:
Order your cask online and choose either to pay in full as a one-off payment or split the cost over 12 months at £250 per month with an initial £1,000 one-off payment. We offer payment by credit or debit card. If you’re looking to pay via BACS please call or email our team to place your order.
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
Cask Type/Bulk Litres: Ex-bourbon cask that contained our lightly peated inaugural Isle of Raasay spirit (190 Litre)
Cask Purchase Price:
Bottling & Dry Materials Estimate (based on an approximated yield of 250 70cl bottles):
UK Delivery & Postage Per Pallet:
UK Duty On Estimated Yield Of 120.65 Litres Of Pure Alcohol (based on 2020 duty costs and not accounting for angels’ share):
£8,717.48 (excluding VAT)
Whisky is regarded as a prime investment. If you have dreamed of owning a cask and would like to spread the payment over a number of years, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the option of a payment plan on your ‘45 cask. A minimum deposit of £1,000 is required.
Corporate Cask Programme
Corporate rates are available on multiple cask purchases. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Whisky from your cask will be labeled under the Isle of Raasay Distillery brand. Any additional wording or signature on the Isle of Raasay Single Malt label would need to be arranged by prior written agreement only and may incur additional costs.
Your very own Isle of Raasay Whisky will all be distilled, matured and bottled on our small Hebridean island. Why not invest in a cask today?
Order your cask online or with a member of our team and choose whether you would like it filled with our peated or unpeated spirit. We currently plan to produce peated spirit until Winter 2020. Unpeated spirit will be available in 2021.
We will send you our full terms and conditions for you to sign along with your cask owner’s welcome pack which includes information on how to take advantage of your exclusive Raasay Rising perks.
Your cask will mature in Raasay’s heady island air for up to 10 years in our full size casks. You may also speak to a member of our team if you wish to mature it for longer.
We will then bottle your spirit at standard industry bottling costs*. Your bottles can be delivered to you or collected from the distillery.
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.
To request more information on our cask offering, please complete the form below. A member of the Raasay Distillery team will then be in touch to answer any queries.
Alternatively, please feel free to contact our team on +44 (0) 1478 470178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* The volume & number of bottles produced will depend on the angels’ share/evaporation, maturation period, bottle size and bottling strength. Prices quoted exclude future bottling costs, tax, UK Duty, and delivery costs. Raasay Distillery will bottle at standard industry rates. Please ensure you have read our terms and conditions prior to purchase.