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Raasay Distillery's The ‘45 Whisky Cask Offering

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The ‘45 Cask Offering – Now Sold Out!

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.

Join the Toast

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.

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The Raasay Rising

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.

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Flavour Fit for a King

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.

Peated Isle of Raasay New-make Spirit

To produce Raasay peated spirit, our Scottish barley is kilned in the same way as unpeated malt before it is peated for up to 60 hours. The PPM (Peat or Phenol Parts per Million) of our peated malt barley is 45 PPM.

When distilling our wash made from peated Scottish barley, we use the uniquely designed cooling jacket on our lyne arm. This ensures that some of the spirit vapour condenses early and returns to the wash still: an extra loop that allows us to build up some of the heavier characteristics we want in our peated spirit.

Unpeated Isle of Raasay New-make Spirit

Conversely, when we run unpeated wash, the cooling jacket is turned off. This helps create a balanced combination of heavier and lighter flavour compounds in our final spirit.

Unpeated Spirit Flavour Notes
Scotch Whisky Cask Unpeated Flavour Wheel
Heavily Peated Spirit Flavour Notes
Scotch Whisky Cask Heavily Peated Flavour Wheel

Your Piece of Isle of Raasay Distillery History

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.

Cask Details The Offering 

The ‘45 Cask Accommodation at Raasay Distillery
The ‘45 Cask Filling at Raasay Distillery
The ‘45 Cask Offering at Raasay Distillery

The ‘45 Cask Details

Price:
£4,000
Volume:
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.
Maturation:
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

Now Sold Out!
Order Online

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.

One-off Payment

One-off payment of £4,000.

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12 Month Payment Plan

£250.00 / month for 12 months and a £1,000.00 one off payment.

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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: info@raasaydistillery.com

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 >)

Cost & Bottle Estimates

Cask Type/Bulk Litres: Ex-bourbon cask that contained our lightly peated inaugural Isle of Raasay spirit (190 Litre)

Payable Now

Cask Purchase Price:
£4,000

Payable at Bottling

Bottling & Dry Materials Estimate (based on an approximated yield of 250 70cl bottles):
£1,150
UK Delivery & Postage Per Pallet:
£100
UK Duty On Estimated Yield Of 120.65 Litres Of Pure Alcohol (based on 2020 duty costs and not accounting for angels’ share):
£3,467.48
Sub Total:
£8,717.48 (excluding VAT)

An Investment Worth the Wait

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 sales@raasaydistillery.com 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 sales@raasaydistillery.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.

Order Your Cask FAQs

How It Works

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?

1. Order Your Cask

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.

2. The Paperwork

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.

3. Stay & Fill

Stay the night in our whisky hotel and fill your own cask & sample the new-make spirit on a tour of our distillery for two.

4. Time to Mature

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.

5. Bottling

We will then bottle your spirit at standard industry bottling costs*. Your bottles can be delivered to you or collected from the distillery.

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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Raasay Distillery The ‘45 Cask FAQs

Cask Filling Strength (ABV)

All of our casks are filled with Raasay Distillery spirit at an alcoholic strength of 63.5% ABV.

Peated or Unpeated Spirit

We produce both peated and unpeated Raasay spirit at different times of the year. We currently plan to produce peated spirit until Winter 2020. Unpeated spirit will be available in 2021. You may choose which spirit you would like your cask filled with. 

Maturation & Finishing

Once filled, all of our casks are matured on Raasay in our island warehouses. To be called Scotch Whisky, spirit must be aged in Scotland for a minimum of 3 years in an oak cask.

Full Size Scotch Whisky Casks
Our full size Scotch whisky casks include up to 10 years of warehouse storage. After 3 years of maturation, the cask owner can decide at what point they would like to bottle their whisky.

Finishing
We do not currently offer any additional finishing options for cask purchases.

Labelling

During the bottling process, whisky from your cask will be labelled under the Isle of Raasay Distillery brand by default. Any other specific label text requests or requirements may be considered but would need to be arranged by prior written agreement and may incur further additional costs.

Bottling

The cost of bottling is not included in the cost of your cask. We will arrange bottling with the casks owner at an agreed cost prior to bottling based on industry standard rates at the time of bottling.

All of our bottling will take place on site at the distillery. The water used to reduce your spirit down to bottling strength is the same water used throughout our process, sourced from our Celtic well on-site.

Visiting Casks & Cask Samples

Visiting Casks
We will be arranging special events for casks owners in the future, allowing them to visit their casks in our island warehouses. Please join our Slàinte Club where we will keep members up to date with information on upcoming events.

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Cask Samples
Drawing cask samples in our dunnage warehouse requires breaking up the stows to access each cask. We will therefore offer to draw samples from your cask every 3 years for collection from the Isle of Raasay Distillery. Cask sample tastings will also be available at our cask owner events. Please join our Slàinte Whisky Club to receive information on upcoming events.

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What Happens After I’ve Ordered My Cask?

Once you have purchased your cask we will provide a full terms and condition document by email for you to sign and return to us. This will document will also act as your proof of ownership. You will also receive a welcome pack from us which gives information on how to take advantage our your Raasay Rising perks, including how to book your overnight stay and cask filling at the distillery. 

Booking Your Stay & Cask Filling

Existing ’45 cask owners can book their stay and cask filling (subject to availability) by clicking on the book now button below. You’ll need your ’45 cask owners number ready which is included within your welcome pack.

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Number of Bottles per Cask

The number of bottles in each of your 45 casks will vary depending on the angels’ share – the natural evaporation and loss of spirit that occurs during maturation – as well as the maturation period, bottle size and bottling strength. We estimate your 190 litre cask will produce 250 70cl bottles at 46% ABV.

This number is approximate and will vary based on the above factors.

Are There Other Additional Costs?

There are additional costs involved over and above the price paid for the casks itself which include:

  • Bottling
  • UK Duty
  • Taxes
  • Delivery

See our separate FAQs for more information on each of these costs.

Duty & Tax

Duty
HMRC charge Duty on liquid based on the percentage of pure alcohol. This is measured in alcohol per volume (ABV).

VAT
UK value added tax (VAT) is currently 20%. Both Duty and VAT are due after your cask has been bottled and the finished goods are removed from our bonded warehouse.

Other Taxes
Different rates of Duty apply throughout the EU and the rest of the world.

Tax Variations
All taxes are subject to change by the UK government.

Delivery & Collection

Delivery costs are not included in the cost of your cask and will be charged at standard rates at the time of bottling.

Single Malt Scotch Whisky can only be exported from Scotland in bottles, so your cask will be bottled by us on Raasay and then export to your country.

UK & Europe
Delivery will be possible to UK and European countries by road. Delivery costs will be dependant on the delivery address.

United States of America
We are working with our US distributor to have nominated retailers in selected States (currently NY, MA, IL, CA) to allow us to ship the bottles from your cask to you. Please contact us for more information on shipping to the US.

Other International
If you would like to have your bottles delivered to an address outside of the UK or Europe, please contact us.

Collections
Bottles can also be collected from the distillery by prior arrangement at a mutually agreed and suitable time. All costs of collection are the responsibility of the cask owner.

Capital Gains

Whisky purchased in a cask in the UK that is for personal use (eg. a gift for family, a wedding present for a friend etc.) is considered exempt from Capital Gains Tax. This is because in the UK, Capital Gains Tax is not applicable to whisky as it regarded as a “tangible”, “wasting” asset. On realisation of the asset you would not be expect to pay Capital Gains Tax.

View Cask Terms & Conditions

You can view our full terms & conditions for cask purchases by clicking on the link below.

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Require More Information?

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 info@raasaydistillery.com

How do I change my contact details?

If you’ve moved house or changed your email address, please contact us on info@raasaydistillery.com or call +44 (0) 1478 470178 so we can update your details.

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Request More Information on The ‘45 Cask Offering

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 info@raasaydistillery.com

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    * 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. 

    On all orders.
    On orders of over £100 in select EU countries.
    Of £50 or more by joining our Slàinte Club*.