Think you know everything about Scotch? Have you tasted the new single-malt-in-progress from the Isle of Raasay, the first legal whisky to be made on the island? If you have, then hat’s off. We’ve lusted after Lowland and Highland, salivated over Speyside and cooed over Campbeltown and Islay but now, there’s a new whisky distillery in da house and it’s on the Isle of Raasay.
A Tiny Island Making Whisky For The First Time
Raasay is a tiny, Inner Hebridean island located of the coast of Skye. It’s an island of an island - as remote as you’re probably ever going to get for whisky-making, while still falling ostensibly under the ‘Highlands’ category. Aside from the illegal stuff that was doubtlessly going on in the 1800s, there had been no whisky made officially on the island until the Highland Council granted permission for the Isle of Raasay Distillery to be built in 2016, resurrecting a disused victorian hotel as part of a stunning new architectural project which was to capitalise on the unrivaled views across the water. The distillery’s brand new visitor centre finally opened in January this year (2018) with luxury accommodation just about to open as we write.