Co-founders Bill Dobbie and Alasdair Day first met in 2013 and formed R&B Distillers with the common goal of building Scotland’s leading artisanal distillery. Focusing on local production, provenance, quality, and doing things differently.
By 2015, they had identified the Isle of Raasay as providing the ingredients for the perfect spirit, and planning permission to begin work revitalizing the Isle of Raasay’s nineteenth century Borodale House into a state-of-the-art distillery, visitor center, and luxury accommodation was granted in 2016.
Starting with a blank sheet of paper, they set about designing a distillery to create exceptional whisky that develops elegance, complexity, and depth early on in the maturation process and a handcrafted Hebridean gin that encapsulates Raasay’s style, character and impressive geological variety.
Since its establishment, the Isle of Raasay Distillery has brought job opportunities to the island, worked closely with other local businesses and become embedded in the island’s tight-knit community.
Part of the distillery’s ethos is to produce, mature, bottle and market every drop of spirit directly from the island. This seeks to maximize the influence of the island on the spirit, and the distillery on the island. To quote the inimitable Whisky Writer Dave Broom at our distillery opening: ‘we are not just making alcohol, we are making spirit.’
Isle of Raasay Single Malt
Our flagship Isle of Raasay Single Malt Whisky, 46.4% ABV, no color added, non-chill filtered. Lightly peated with rich dark fruit flavors.
Two Isle of Raasay spirits – peated and unpeated – are matured separately in first fill Rye whiskey, fresh Chinkapin Oak and first fill Bordeaux red wine casks.
Our six recipe casks marry together to create the perfect dram with real elegance, complexity, and depth.
Peated ex Rye Whiskey Single Cask #17/96
These American ex-Rye Whiskey casks are from Woodford Reserve Distillery, Kentucky, where they use 53% Rye in their mash bill.
The flavors emulate history’s original Rye whiskeys, with strong peppery, spicy flavors in a sea of fruit and butterscotch.
Peated Chinkapin Oak Single Cask #18/29
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 color and flavor early on in the maturation process, and the high toast caramelizes the natural sugars in the wood. Expect sweet toffee and butterscotch on the nose, with vibrant dark fruit flavors and deep, rich colors at a young age.
Peated ex-Bordeaux Red Wine Single Cask #18/796
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 flavors and fruity notes develop in the spirit – including dried fruits, sultana, grape, Christmas cake, & bread pudding.