Photo Credit: Rassay Distillery
Whisky With a Wine Touch
Raasay’s first (ahem, legal,) whisky is maturing in cellars right now until it can be sold in 2020 as an official single malt but visitors can, unusually, taste the work in progress, which the makers have dubbed ‘While We Wait’. The area was picked for the high mineral content in the water which filters through volcanic rock and gives the whisky its characteristic fruitiness. The oak casks are an interesting combination of American oak, rye bourbon, French oak and Tuscan wine casks in an aim to offer a truly modern - almost vinous - style of whisky. The Isle of Raasay ‘While We Wait’ whisky at the moment tastes pretty unique: very fruity, spicy and with a fairly generous dose of peat. There is certainly something wine-like about it as it stands and it will be fascinating to taste it as it matures. I think we’d all better go there to do that though, don’t you?
See more about the Isle of Raasay Distillery here and sample While We Wait here.
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