It’s the flagship single malt from the Isle of Raasay Distillery, the first legal distillery to operate on the eponymous island. Peated and unpeated Raasay spirits are individually matured in a combination of rye whiskey, chinkapin oak, and Bordeaux red wine casks, before being married together for this exceptional dram. Taking influence from the older styles of Hebridean single malts, this expression is lightly peated, with a fragrant balance of dark berries and delicate smoke – superb stuff from the young distillery.
Nose: Baked plums, red apples, and cherries lead to drying wood smoke with earthy vanilla and a hint of flint.
Palate: Pebbly minerality with crisp peat smoke, sweet, dark caramel, and biscuity malt. Creamy oak and peppery barley tangle beneath.
Finish: Just a subtle whiff of smoke on the finish, cushioned by salted nuts, chewy butterscotch, and sweet oak char.