Raasay Hebridean Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Overall rating
84.04/100
votes
307
Whiskybase ID
WB184374
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2017/2018
Bottled
2021
Calculated age
03 years old
Casktype
Rye Whiskey, Chinkapin oak, Bordeaux red wine
Casknumber
Batch R-01
Number of bottles
26000
Strength
46.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L00324
Barcode
5060221850612
Added on
27 may 2021 9:34 am by bottlehunter
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 53.34

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Whisky reviews for Raasay Hebridean Single Malt Scotch Whisky

84 users have left 86 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.04 points.

  1. Official tasting note

    NA SIA – OUR SIX CASK STORY
    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).

    INSIDE THIS RELEASE: THE FACTS

    ~ 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. HammerHead scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Promising, but the nose still has a lot to be desired; way too much sour wine notes popping up. The finish is quite flat and alcoholic. Let's wait some more years for this to turn into a proper dram.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Young, sour and savory. The smell of a cheap sour wine is quite dominant, also pickles and sour lemon. Why do most of these new distilleries insist on using wine barrels? Al least shave and rechar them to avoid this rancid sourness popping up. Furthermore a slight smokiness, toasted wood and quite some green herbs.
    • Taste
      80 80
      More juicy on citrus fruits than the nose would suggest. Sweet orange, sour and bitter lemon, pomelo, slight vanilla and some warm honey. The sour wine note is largely subdued here. Also herbacious with a mild fresh (green) peatiness and pepper.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Short to medium: mild sweetness, sour lemon notes, alcoholic, clearly drying on bitter green herbs and warm peppery wood spices.

  3. Drum scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I really like it! Creamy, fresh and smoky. Really nice for a three year old, Well done!
    • Nose
      A light and very pleasant note of peat smoke, creamy and the scent of large and already withered flower arrangements. The nose is mild and also brings a sweetness with vanilla aromas.
    • Taste
      In contrast to the nose, the smoke is more present and stronger in the mouth, the mouthfeel is creamy as already indicated in the nose. It is sweet with wine aromas and a full mouthfeel. Then I have oak and wine cream to finish.
    • Finish
      Warm and the smoke is a little less, it becomes sweet and oily and I have wine cream and a fresh note again. In the end I find - or they find me - fat and plump bright sweet grapes.

  4. Sirralf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Maritime notes, salty sea air, campfire, cold ash, ripe apple
    • Taste
      82 82
      Smoke, medicinal notes, salty
    • Finish
      82 82
      short bang, a dry feeling in the mouth remains

  5. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Re-taste almost a year later. Pretty good, I like it more this time.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Rather a lot of malty cereal (that would be the youth, probably), floral peat, citrus, orchid fruits, rye with spice, sweet wine. Modern but good.
    • Taste
      86 86
      More citrus than expected, followed by floral peat, sweet wine, malt, grapes for sure. Mildly medicinal.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The wine and rye come through a bit too much here, but it's still pleasant. Maltiness in the background, with floral peat and citrus sticking around.

  6. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. hzs275 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. robbert88 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      : peat, farm fragrance, moss, young, fresh, maritime, campfire ashes, blossom, sulphur,
    • Taste
      maritime, many sea influences, ash, black pepper, charcoal, warm smoke, apple, oily mouthfeel, fresh mineral water,
    • Finish
      pepper, wet peat, medicinal, smoke, smoked Himalayan salt, after dinner mints, medium long, slightly bitter,

  9. Hlektrion scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    S
    Unique creamy & soppy mouthfeel alongside the saltiness. Can taste the youth from the alcohol

    N
    - Peated barley
    - Mildly fruity
    - Brown sugar

    P
    - Kelp
    - Juicy fruit
    - Slightly oily

    F
    - Mid, peated finish
    - Mixed spice lingering, some black pepper
    - Sea salt

  13. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    06.01.2022
    • Nose
      Light, warm smoke, slightly maritime, grass, herbs, some vinegar-cucumber liquid, some apricot, some mango, some passion fruit, some lemon, something slightly tart is also there
    • Taste
      Honey, apricot, herbs, herbal candy, lemon, grapefruit, wood, slightly salty, ash

  14. MaroFF scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    You can see and feel immediately that it is a young whisky. Poorly arranged with a lack of years in the barrel. Maybe if she had an extra 3-5 years she would have been better. I am not convinced at the moment. This is my third attempt and I am indifferent to it every time. Only at the moment, the beautiful bottle in which the drink is poured is a plus. The glass appears to be a frosted transparent sheet of ice.
    I hope that with time I will become convinced of it and edit my note as "plus" in relation to the present one
    • Nose
      77 77
      sweet, vanilla, apple compote, slightly alcoholic notes, some smoke and ash from the fire
    • Taste
      79 79
      charcoal, apples, a bit of sugar syrup, undergrowth, fish oil, sea salt
    • Finish
      78 78
      medium, slightly peppery and burning, smoky, warming end with oak wood and aftertaste of coffee grounds and traces of mint candies.

  15. ailean scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  16. Roley scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. Dramned! scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Everything was done right here. A transparent and friendly marketing, an outstanding, innovative bottle design that presents the whisky in a visually and haptically appealing way, right up to the distillate itself and an excellent selection of casks. The extent to which the aromas that can be attributed to the individual barrel types actually all arise from the maturation or the fruity basic character of the distillate can hardly be assessed after such a short maturation period. But ultimately that doesn't (yet) play such a big role, because the end product is crucial, and that can only be described as completely successful.
    • Nose
      Unmistakably a very young whisky, betrayed by the typical aromas of freshly felled hardwood, grain and unfinished bread dough that still smells slightly yeasty. In addition, hard, slightly unripe quinces, light grapes, sweet pears and blossom honey with an extremely aromatic vanilla. Sweet berry compote is reminiscent of a good fruit schnapps, without being disparaging. Juicy lemons shimmer vaguely through and a delicately spicy salty sea breeze blows this sweet fruitiness. The whole thing is gently underlaid by a fine carpet of woody smoke, which seemed to be even more present after the bottle was opened. Here now as a nicely integrated aromatic accessory. All in all, a fine, well-rounded affair with a complexity that is not excessive, but astonishingly convincing, for only three years of maturation. The choice of barrels was excellent.
    • Taste
      It starts with a good amount of pepper, without burning. Young and impetuous, it chases the aromas over the tongue without appearing bubbly. Here, too, beautiful quinces and grapes, light pears and warming white pepper. A wonderful malty barley sweetness spreads across the entire mouth and combines with the aromatic saltyness of the island's climate to create a creamy salty caramel. Tart lemon peel quickly dampen this again and have a pleasantly astringent effect. Here, too, the smoke is only an aromatic accessory and does not push itself into the foreground. And again I am amazed at how complex and balanced such a young whisky can already be.
    • Finish
      As expected, rather short to medium-long, with a light, fruity and creamy malty sweetness and a subtle, but clearly drier and ashy trail of smoke, it disappears quickly and without much fuss, but with the need to put the glass back on again.

  18. Spoerkel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A fresh maritime newcomer. The red wine barrel remains pleasantly reserved. On the other hand, the impression can arise that the different barrel characters are somewhat lost in the melange. Still completely OK.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    that is challenging and difficult
    would have expected more wine influence
    it takes time then the wine comes through more and the smoke decreases
    no painting for me
    • Nose
      Ham, dry smoke, mini cheese, crisp bread (got a little damp), smoke, a little sulfur, a little oak, a little sweetness, a little caramel, muesli, mini liquorice, vanilla comes, spicy, comes late, red wine gum is more, wine comes late Muff and cardboard
    • Taste
      full and vigorous
      spicy, red berries (a mix; somewhat mushy), tart, slightly dark caramel, oak, older raisins, the alcohol tingles a bit, bitter, some smoke decreases
    • Finish
      medium long
      tart, spicy, smoke, somewhat dusty, cereals, hairspray (taffeta)

      astringent on the palate

  20. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/oJ_I881LUKw
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      77 77

  21. face scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      75 75

  22. Jimbeau scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. PRV scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    20/21/21/20

  24. kikist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Overall, for me this whisky has some really interesting notes. Only point is they are not arranged well. Nose and arrival are really okay but everything after that is little bit bellow average for me. I guess few more years will help a lot :)

    Definitely will keep eyes for 5-6 years old Raasay.
    • Nose
      83 83
      At first sniff there is dominant white wine nose (light, fresh) , under it is some specific dental clinic smoke (can not explain it in other way) later there are dominant bitter herbs, oak
    • Taste
      83 83
      Creamy, fresh arrival, smoke mixed with the some sea spray, fruity, sweet, spicy, bitter some, alcohol burn.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Ginger start followed by significat amout of warm Chocolate, there comes some off note like chlorine with pineapple

  25. Danlow scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In the end a noticeably young whisky, which surprised me positively in terms of quality and is completely right in terms of price. It is worth buying, especially as a "bycatch".
    The bottle is beautifully designed and will find itself in some way on my shelf as a decorative object even after it has been emptied.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Similar to a Caol Ila without smoke, therefore very citrus-heavy (lemon, blood orange) and sweet. As an Islay fan, I don't get anything that could really be taken as a smoky note. Therefore, I would assume that it has a minimum of smokiness, if at all. The (probable) smoke note is reflected for me in a younger oak wood note.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The sweetness is initially there again and then changes into a nice acidity. I have ripe apples and pears and even peaches. The youth of the whisky is mostly and thus skilfully hiding behind a light smoky note, which can again be confused with younger wood associations. A slight sharpness wants to appear more and more, but ultimately - luckily - it does not produce what speaks for good storage and wood selection despite the youth and thus can adequately cover the age. I don't get metallic notes.
      The whisky has a beautiful maltiness across the entire spectrum!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Initially a medium drought, which continues to increase. In the end, the finish is medium to rather long and dry with more pronounced woody notes and tannins. In the finish, I am most likely to have the impression that the whisky is peated and can therefore be considered smoky. Here, too, I would at most award a “mean” for the smokiness.

  26. Paulsen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Something nice has been happening here for three years (sweet, salted caramel, salty and mineral notes and light fruits. The texture is thin and the mouthfeel rather dry / bitter, the finish is okay for its age. A bit like a talisker without chili -Catch ".

    If the price stays the same for the upcoming 10yo, it will be a good snapper.

  27. niggy1813 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    This whisky reminds me to a farm with wood fired ovens, yellow fruit trees, potato fields and a herb garden with a lot of rosemary.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sour smoke in a herb garden: the first note in the nose is smooth smoke, lightly lemon and then a bunch of herbs and over all a lot of rosemary.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The smoke is sweeter and the most present aroma here. The herbs are still there but more in the background. In the second take there are more herbs instead of smoke. It's as if they were fighting for supremacy.
    • Finish
      84 84
      There are spices, metallic notes, less smoke and hardly any herbs. Here I just noticed his youthness in a direct way.

  28. Roland_Ott scored this whisky 68 points Member Junior

    A good start for a new distillery.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Maritime scent and citrus notes are strongly represented, as is a berry sweetness. I also find a faint vanilla scent.
    • Taste
      75 75
      It's sweet and heavy on the tongue. Also here a berry fruitiness that I like very much.
    • Finish
      50 50
      The finish is only brief (5 minutes).
      At first a light smoke and a Christmassy aroma. Later oak seasoning.

  29. Boro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    High potential for a whisky made with a precise and studied method. Just 3 years of aging does not give multi-layered structure and complexity, but if that's the direction I can't wait to taste something with more years of rest. Given the affordable price I recommend trying it.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sandal, shoe sole, metallic, medicinal, initially veiled smoke. Once opened, the smoke is appreciated more and the red fruit appears, notes of new wood.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Much better than on the nose. The smoke is just mentioned, few notes of tannins, in a good mix that satisfies the palate. Pleasant, young, no great complexity but a lot of potential. In company, a bottle disappears quickly!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-short finish. The fruity notes persist.

  30. ConvalRen scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  31. JBKwb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  33. domani scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    In the nose there is surprisingly much for a 3-year-old, surprisingly thick on the palate and it can be chewed wonderfully like no other that I've had in the glass before. It is always exciting and interesting to get to know whiskys from new distilleries. This is extremely exciting due to its viscosity - 10/29/2021
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, salt, apple, pear, peach, caramel, when the smoke dissipates, the grain note emerges, grain, bread from the wood oven, after a while in the glass it becomes clearer, fresh and fruity, lemon juice, seafood, bruschetta
    • Taste
      83 83
      Very oily, thick and bitter from the start, chilli pickled in oil, very biting, the bitterness increases, cereals, dark bread, roasted hazelnuts, no smoke at all, very heavy body
    • Finish
      83 83
      Very long, oily, creamy, incredibly bitter, a bit of fruitiness in the background but it does not manage to penetrate, it remains an oily-sticky film that covers the mouth

  34. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  35. Stef89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I'm impressed how good young whisky can be. I take off my hat, dear Raasay distillery!

  36. Svjatogor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    n: rounded & komplex, vanilla & smoke, light peaty, barley, sweet citrus, pine wood, plums, cherries, caramel, hint of rye & pepper, fun for exploring
    t: bonfire, sweet, apples, mineral, salt caramel, full, peat, rye
    a: peat, rye, bonfire, pine wood, salt caramel

  37. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Iodine with a saline touch, it's almost greedy, a shade of citrus, and all this melted into a great minerality, limestone, gypsum, granite. The peat is soft and coats some reflections of cooked fruits, wild berries, cherry pits. On the palate, it's obviously a little light, on the apple, then a fairly dry peat, some spices, clay, greasy grass, arugula. Nice, long finish, on cola, liquorice, bitter wood. Green tea.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/10/isle-of-raasay-r-01-3-yo.html
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      87 87

  38. besar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  39. mjr1987 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Spicy at first. Ground cumin and fresh ginger. A little smoke: more a wisp of unburnt charcoal than maritime peat.
      Young and fresh.

      With water: faint hint of muddled brambles and apple mint.
    • Taste
      As per the nose. Still spicy with a little soft fruit influence.

      With water: subdues the freshness and allows the nuttyness come through from the chinkapin cask.
    • Finish
      A little vanilla with some herbal notes. Apple mint again along with some young sage leaves. Sweetness remains with the soft fruit.

      With water: shortens but remains spicy and fruity. The smoke takes a back seat

  40. darren918jp scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I give this dram extra credit for being a bold and adventurous expression that rises to the occasion of a first official release.
    It has characteristics of expressions from Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Lagavulin, and I suppose it would be unfair to leave out Ardbeg, so might as well add that one, too.
    The peat is straight forward, up front predominant on the nose, with a waft of smoke but balanced by yellow fruits, such as biwa, and banana accented by a distinctly peppered (white) woodspice, with a somewhat yeasty note even making an appearance.
    It's basically a light an spritely dram but not lacking in depth and the balance imparted by the peatiness makes it seem like it has more body than it does. I was pleasantly surprised with the overall composition. Whiskies are not getting any cheaper these days even with more distilleries coming on line, and this one does quite well I think in the cost-performance category for peated whisky.
    The palate is consistent with the nose, with the sharpness apparent at first mellowing and rounding out after the whisky is in the glass for 5-10 minutes. There are the yellow fruits with a touch of honey with an indistinct fruitiness lingering in the background.
    And the finish is more on the same notes, maintaining the nicely balanced interplay of peat fruit and spice that lingers nicely.

  41. Mapl scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  42. SMELIY scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    nose: hay, dump wooden shed, medical motives, gooseberry, apple, puff of smoke
    palate: peppery and aggressive a bit too much, sweet grass, young and feisty, bitter, campfire
    body: nice and heavy
    finish: warm, long and lingering, green tea, honeysuckle, smoke

  43. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  44. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  45. 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.

  46. stefanHVL09 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  47. Rollinstone scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Impressive release given its age. Looking forward to trying more of their product at a more mature level.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Fantastic nose! Meaty barbecue, salty salami, flint and sea pebbles, red currants with a touch of young red wine.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Feels thin and oily at the same time, a bit like oil and water. A bit disappointed that the flavours promised by the nose does not manifest itself on the palate. Initially apples and a hint of pears followed by banana which ends on salted lemons and aspartame sweetness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long finish. Mineral and bbq smoke. Foam banana. Touch of alcoholic bitterness.

  48. dramidaris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  49. Othorion scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke, pear, vanilla, some alcohol, menthol, a hint of papaya
    • Taste
      Vanilla, black pepper, subtle pear, some smoke, quite watery
    • Finish
      very short, vanilla, slightly spicy

  50. ThorstenH scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I recently tried some of the new distilleries. I don't get so warm with Raasay. Very mild, but also very colorless.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      77 77

  51. Derufus scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  52. Ninofdram scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  53. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A decent whisky for only 3 years. You can look forward to future bottlings when the whisky has been stored for a longer period of time.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Hay, grass, straw, farm. In addition, light peat smoke. Ripe fruits such as pears and apples.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Lemon. Grassy. Peat smoke stronger than in the nose. Malt. Some ginger heat and tannins. Other fruits hardly recognizable.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to medium length. Ginger and seasoning together with peat smoke.

  54. DistiLesha scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Unusual, but not at all ready-to-drink whisky, lacking in normal aging. Judging by this release, it seems too early to talk about this distillery, although the color easily pulls already on a 12-year-old whisky. Or maybe chinkapin is not what this cleric needs.
    N: 15 T: 20 F: 20 B: 18
    • Nose
      Beer, apples, mash, malt, lemonade gum, chestnuts, alcohol, raw potatoes, a little rotten rag.
      Peat smoke, something burnt, like a burnt board or plywood.
      The scent of longing.
    • Taste
      Pure nose repetition, potatoes and chestnuts mixed with alcohol give a very nasty taste, sweetness 3/10.
      Allow to breathe to reveal bright peatiness.
      Burns the tongue into flaps.
    • Finish
      Anesthesia of the middle part of the tongue, tannins, peatiness. It looks like the finish is better than the previous 2 components.

  55. RJKrueger scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    With all the hype surrounding this new distillery, I would have expected more, but I'm curious if there are older things from there.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoky but in the frame. A very fleshy nose with a clear red wine accent. Despite only 46.4%, the nose is a bit too alcoholic.
    • Taste
      83 83
      At the beginning rather soft, sweet, wine-heavy, then there is more spice and more and more pepper the longer it stays on the palate. Overall still a bit out of round.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The finish is a bit out of round with some bitter notes. As expected, it is not very long either.

  56. whisky666 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  57. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    You would not expect a 4 year old to have a great depth or profile which would be correct to say about this one but it is certainly promising and was pretty tasty for one so young.
    Reminded me of caol ila a little, just not as oily or powerful.
    worth a purchase, it should be pretty awesome by the time it is 8-10 years old.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  58. Merl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  59. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Floral peat, malt, some spice, some rye and wine notes.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  60. Toonarmy74 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Great packaging and bottle, it’s age is not disguised. It’s rough and ready

  61. 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.

  62. dominikbraun scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      An extraordinary aroma. No wonder with this barrel constellation! What I initially dismissed as a wild mixture that is supposed to cover up the youth of this bottling turns out to be an interesting barrel experiment.

      At first refreshingly spicy with nutmeg and lovage - that's the chinkapin barrel, then there is a malty sweetness with barley sugar - that's the rys barrel, and finally the aroma flows into red fruits and berries - that's the Bordeaux barrel.

      There is a delicate touch of smoke, sea air and salty caramel over everything. The nose is still very slightly angular, but contrary to my fears it does not seem immature.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy-spicy, quite sweet, light smoke, the fruits remain in the background. The piquant seasoning remains the whole time. The interplay of the barrels is no longer as clear as in the aroma, but the character remains.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Hardly any more smoke and a little oak, and finally a little youth. Not as bad as with “A Tale of Cake”, but then it can't quite hide its age.

  63. Cheva_Krueger scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    A slightly smoky whisky that doesn't stand out from the crowd.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity, slightly smoky.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Pear, grain, light smoke, something sweet. Due to the many barrels, nothing clearly can be seen here. Blind it could have been an Ailsa Bay or slightly smoky Bunnahabhain. Well done, but not spectacular. The alcohol is pretty well integrated for its age.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The taste of a pear smoked on straw sticks to the tongue for a long time.

  64. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very exciting project, I think there is still a lot of good in store for us. I especially like the connection with red wine barrels!

    Very interesting aroma, in terms of taste then more on the gently crunchy-spicy and wood-influenced side. Even if the finish is a bit more unspectacular and flatter, there is a fair rating for reasons of sympathy alone. :)

    It remains exciting.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Wow that's something completely different. Reminds me a bit of the style of Stauning from Denmark. A distinct flavor prevails at the beginning and shows presence. Behind it then a delicate and dry smoke, which is accompanied by a feather-light sweetness. Likewise, beautiful, fresh and sweet red fruits glide out of the background, which are a bit like berries (including dried raspberries) with vanilla cream. Not as great as in 'While We Wait', but the fruits are there.

      You think you can feel all three barrel influences, it works like a harmonious interplay. It still looks a bit boisterous and crisp, you suspect you can still feel the new make. Forms a good basis for a beautiful malt!
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very pleasant mouthfeel (but not the first today either). Here again the flavor and the delicate dry smoke can be seen. The latter is extremely subliminal and only underlines the whole thing. The fruits move significantly into the background, the sweetness also remains a bit reserved. Presumably the chinkapin barrel dominates here? With the second sip, a little caramel appears, just as slightly dry herbal notes.

      The delicate peat smoke and the seasoning make a very interesting base!
    • Finish
      83 83
      Nice light flavor and delicate light wood. A little vanilla may still flash through. Very pleasant, somehow looks a bit 'lovely'. Here, too, we are with aromas that are more likely to be attributed to the influence of the (fresh) wood than to the pre-allocation of the barrel. A dry herbal note fades away gently in conjunction with the really light peat.

  65. valasios scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  66. 2ndSip scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    interesting young malt that can rival Islay malts.
    Fruity on the nose, more peppery taste. You can, but you don't necessarily have to have it. But gives a nice view of the later malts. For me it is particularly interesting in the nose, but the taste falls off a bit and the aftertaste is of course gone quite quickly due to the youth.
    [Expressed in colors for me: fruit # eeee00, seasoning # eee685, other flavors # 98fb98, # e0ffff; Total taste: # eedd82]
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get a second bottle? Perhaps...]
    • Nose
      87 87
      Initially slightly phenolic peat smoke, maritime character, including salty sea breeze and something containing iodine.
      The longer I smell it, the more I get a "cowshed" smell and stored hay / grain.
      But it sounds worse than it actually is, as this aroma - fortunately for me - does not seem dominant.
      Behind it light fruity of pear, apricot, green / yellow apple. There is also a slight sweetness, caramel, honey and, above all, vanilla aromas.
      Slight acidity of (green and red) grapes.
      A certain spice of nutmeg and a little cinnamon together with a peppery spice.
      The sandalwood indicated on the packaging can also be imagined somehow.
      Actually reminds a little of Islay malts.
    • Taste
      84 84
      first soft, then light pepperiness, which is trained in youth; Nutmeg flavor is dominant for me. Creamy-oily-viscous as mouthfeel.
      The light fruitiness from the nose comes through again.
      Second sip: more fruitiness; I have something like grappa ... interesting, maybe. owed to the red wine barrels - very "grape" note.
      The smoke is no longer as clear as it is in the nose, although noticeably there.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Tannins coat the tongue, it stays short to medium long.
      Otherwise, oak spice is retained, but it then slowly disappears.

  67. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Another amazing young whisky. If I do well, I can't completely hide the youngsters, there is still a lot to come. The nice thing is that despite the barrel mix, the barrels don't dominate the malt, it's still a nice, balanced profile.
    • Nose
      sweet, fruity, subtle smoke, gummy bears, hints of Springbank.
    • Taste
      Little smoke in the mouth, some mint, slightly alcoholic, but very pleasant, rounded overall appearance.
    • Finish
      Slightly smoky and unfortunately only rather short.

  68. DGV scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    The whisky is young and it is read all the way, but no obvious off-notes were noticed. It is worth noting that despite the young age, the aroma and taste are quite concentrated, do not fall apart and make the receptors work, decomposing what they hear into derivatives. In general, for 3 years it is very good.
    • Nose
      Smoldering leaves, smoked meats, raw dough, fresh peaches, grilled vegetables, metallic shades, light perfumery.
    • Taste
      Peppery with smoky notes, citrus and berry sweetness.
    • Finish
      Grill theme, malt bitterness, pickled apples, cranberries.

  69. eddi14 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Really interesting for such a young whisky. I'm looking forward to the 10yo bottling :)
    Smoky and sweet on the nose.
    Sweet and smoky on the palate with a pleasant flavor. Some sea air and leather.

  70. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  71. geriud scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  72. Tordeaux scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  73. gaboruso scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  74. tribe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Honey, lemon, grassy, pastries, fresh wood. It's like a lowlander.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Taste is peculiar. Also after lowland, herbs, honey, light lemon.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Comes with wood and pepper, but also with cinnamon and almost incense and tobacco

  75. ralle1968 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    On the nose: a not at all explosive mix of smoke, oak spice and ... hay, bitter orange zest and ... almonds? Coffee? On the palate: at first gentle and musty, then explosive with smoke and spice, followed by sweetness and minerality, followed by tropical dried fruits and green tea. Very cool. Not as full-bodied and not as full as the Rassay Inaugural Release, but changing in the aroma and taste spectrum. Hard to believe how young he is. And worth the money. Because: this will be a classic.

  76. Tokyo_Zurich scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A little thinner on the palate then the inaugural, but still a great surprise. The smoke and the fruity/spicy side are working well together. The complex malt tasts way older then his three years. Price/Value is fantastic, and look at that bottle!

  77. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  78. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The newest addition to the Scotch whisky spectrum and what a treat! I've been trying quite a few products from new distilleries lately, and this Isle of Raasay is in the upper echelons of surprise and quality. Very complex notes of spices and confectionery rise from the glass, covering a layer of malt. In short: the barrel maturation stands excellently on the shoulders of the basic ingredient. Somehow it is reminiscent of the early Kilchomans, but they were much heavier in the peat smoke. The packaging says "Lightly peated" and that is no understatement. The interplay of smooth malt whisky with a peat outline does this young expression a lot of good. On the tongue, the Raasay is particularly friendly and soft, smooth as silk. You don't think for a moment that this is too young. The aftertaste is sharp and that is where the peat influence comes into play. Slightly raw and unpolished, but this only adds to the versatility of the first batch of Isle of Raasay. I'm a fan (and this radically blows Torabhaig out of the water!).

  79. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    SMELL immediately sweet with malt, hay, cherry blossoms, passion fruit and light smoke. TASTE soft, fruity with a campfire by the sea. Raspberries, cherries and strawberry cakes, bitter chocolate and salty toffee. In the FINISH medium long with vanilla, cocoa, smoke and fruit.

  80. mnljng scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  81. whioli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  82. 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

  83. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-26-2021.
    N86 G83 A82

  84. 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 =))

  85. 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

  86. 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

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