In May 2017, Bill Dobbie and Alasdair Day brought barley growing back to Raasay after more than 40 years. Since then, the old Icelandic barley varieties Bere and Iskria have flourished here. This was not yet enough as a basis for the distillery’s pioneer malt. Malt from Scottish barley, still kilned over Highland peat (local peat is already being planned for further bottlings), forms the basis for the Isle of Raasay Single Malt Inaugural Release 2020. Slightly smoky, with rich aromas of dark fruits and in a natural, strong reddish brown, the Scotch sensually introduces the distilling style of the Raasay Distillery – and creates anticipation for the Core Range expected in May 2021. Other special features of the whisky: the Raasay water filtered through volcanic sedimentary rock and the unusually long fermentation of 96 to 110 hours. This maintains the high mineral content of the water and thus ensures the characteristic berry-fruity taste even before any barrel contact.
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