Raasay Hebridean Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
03 years old
Rye Whiskey, Chinkapin oak, Bordeaux red wine
Batch R-01
Number of bottles
46.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 May 2021 9:34 am by bottlehunter

Average value

£ 46.03

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177 × member ratings

1054 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Raasay Hebridean Single Malt Scotch Whisky

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.53 points

  1. Official tasting note

    Two Isle of Raasay spirits – peated and unpeated – are matured separately in first fill Rye whisky, fresh Chinkapin oak and first fill Bordeaux red wine casks.

    These six recipe casks marry together to create the perfect dram with real elegance, complexity and depth of character.

    Every drop of spirit is distilled, matured and bottled on the Isle of Raasay using water from our well: Tobar na Ba Bàine (the Well of the Pale Cow).


    ~ Release Date: May 2021
    ~ ABV: 46.4%
    ~ Peat Level: R-01
    ~ Presentation: Natural colour, non-chill filtered
    ~ Cask Types: first fill ex-Rye Whisky, virgin Chinkapin oak, and first fill Bordeaux red wine
    ~ Spirit Types: Isle of Raasay peated & unpeated spirit
    ~ Barley Variety: Concerto
    ~ Yeast Type: Distillers’ Yeast
    ~ Water Source: Isle of Raasay Distillery 60 metre well on site – Tobar na Bà Baine
    ~ Fermentation Time: 3 and 5 day fermentations
    ~ Spirit Cut Point: Narrow cut point
    ~ Cask Filling Strength: 63.5% abv
    ~ Distilled: 03/11/2017 – 06/04/2018
    ~ Vatting: 19/04/2021 to 3/05/2021
    ~ Bottling: 10/05/2021 to 4/06/2021
    ~ Maturation & Bottling: Isle of Raasay Distillery

  2. HokkaidoUni did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    133 in collection and not a single review! One to flip not to sip, I guess, to use the reverse of the Whiskybase shop’s admonition

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The more whiskies from new distilleries I taste, the more I'm convinced that whisky takes time and new distilleries need time too.
    It's not by any means that I would be negative about neither new distilleries nor Raasay in particular, but I think that each new venture has a learning curve.
    And: it's nice to taste some "new" whisky, it never gets boring.

    The verdict on this whisky is that it is not unpleasant to drink, but that it seems to be made to have palatable whisky at this point of time and that it doesn't resemble the whisky from Raasay in 10 years time.

    The feeling I have is that it's engineered with active casks, but that the spirit needs more time to settle and relax. It has a peaty and forest fruit style which can be a good combination when fully integrated.
    As such, tasting this dram may still be a good prospect for future bottlings. It should be judged as such in my opinion, and not in comparison with the current standard bottlings from the established peat-driven distilleries that are out there.

    It is an encouragement for the distillery to keep on going as they are doing now. This baby is nice but young, and in the future we will probably get some very nice whisky from the Isle of Raasay!
    • Nose
      82 82
      A peaty nose which holds the middle between the mossy, the medicinal and the farmy side. There is a lifting lemon balm behind, just as a green, minty note. Just a little earth and forest fruit to complete the nose. Slightly young but not bad!
    • Taste
      76 76
      Wow, that's rather funky. Rubber is what comes to mind first. That's probably an unwanted collateral damage from the peat. Further it comes across as saline and sweet together, making me think of a Campbeltown distillery. It is accompanied by forest fruit and pepper, but not in a harmoniously way.
      All in all, not very balanced I must say.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Moderate, with a bit of pepper and ginger but mostly on the funky peat (damp peat and earth, moss, salt) and dark fruit.

  4. man2392 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: hibiscus and tamarillo, fried green tomatoes and dried papaya. hint of butyric acid
    Palate: Campino sweets, roasted strawberries and balsamic vinegar, tonka bean and ruby chocolate, smoked sea salt and cacao nibs
    Finish: Fruitang and orgeat

  5. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Initially pleasantly sweet on the nose, followed by a salty caramel note, which reminds me of Salted Caramel Fudge. Then the fruity side with cherry and apricot comes out. In addition to the expected maritime touch, I smell some smoke that quickly evaporates. I also notice some leather and a slight waxiness.

    In the mouth, the single malt is sweet and smooth at the beginning. Then the Raasay becomes mineral, slightly waxy and spicy. The spiciness, which probably comes from the Chinkapin barrels, is now a bit more present, and there is also a slight pepperiness on the palate which rounds off the taste profile.

    The finish is of medium length, somewhat spicy with a fine smoky note.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-26-2021.
    N86 G83 A82

  7. wako93 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very cute. very youthful metallic. Hardly any exit. Unfortunately quite one-dimensional - still a long way to go =))

  8. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  9. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  10. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I would have expected such a distinctive character in this dram.
    Saltiness and light smoke from Skye.
    Very promising distillery, one point on top for encouragement.


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