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Raasay Lightly Peated R-02

Overall rating
84.40/100
votes
86
Whiskybase ID
WB212453
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
Strength
46.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L00472
Barcode
5060221850629
Added on
09 jun 2022 9:14 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 57.86

29 × in wishlist

86 × member ratings

375 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Raasay Lightly Peated R-02

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.40 points

  1. Official tasting note

    Isle of Raasay Single Malt, single malt Scotch whisky, R-02, 46.4% abv, natural colour, non-chill filtered – 1 x 70cl

    The signature Isle of Raasay Single Malt.

    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.

    Lightly peated balanced with rich dark fruit flavours. Honey gold in colour with hints of red wine hues.
    Inside This Release

    Release Date: September 2021
    ABV: 46.4%
    Peat Level: Barley 48-52ppm | Residual in Bottle est. 12ppm
    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: 22/11/2017 – 27/02/2018
    Vatting: 23/07/2021 to 16/08/2021
    Bottling: 17/08/2021 to ongoing
    Maturation & Bottling: Isle of Raasay Distillery

  2. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Crimson fruits, on red berries, smoked blueberries. Then iodine, but light. Fairly fine smoke. Oily peat. Indian spices. Candied ginger. In the mouth, it is light, but quite suave, sea salt, diluted lemon, grapefruit fillet. It's quite rocky, on the gypsum, pearly of foam. The tide is there, kelp, salt, with fairly clear sand. A sunny day in winter. The sea air. Long and stringy finish, fresh and cottony. Lychee juice.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/09/isle-of-raasay-r-02-3-yo.html
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Thanks to karloff for this sample.
    I quite liked the inaugural release, and this is no disappointment either.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Lightly peated? With a barley peat level of 48-52 ppm...
      Laphroaig is considered heavily peated at 45 ppm, just saying.
      But for a peathead this is luscious.
      It's more earthy than maritime.
      Some zesty fruit notes emerges over time.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Full bodied from arrival, with the peat conducting the show.
      Peal the peat of the tongue and there is a flavour of red fruit.
      And it got a considerable sweetness to it.
      Chocolate and hard caramel develop.
      Spice is modest and really not noticeable before going into the finish. I think they knew what they were doing bottling it at 46%, anything less and it would have been to lean on arrival.
    • Finish
      87 87
      It sits for a while, past medium length.
      Spice arrived late but lasts well into the finish.
      Sweet peaty notes.

  4. karloff scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    This is a decent whisky from a fairly new distillery and they seem to have avoided the daft prices.
    I will look with interest of what they have to offer in the future.
    • Nose
      84 84
      It says on the bottle lightly Peated, this doesn't smell lightly Peated to me.
      It is very much the dominant force.
      Give it a bit more time in the glass and the digging gets easier.
      The fruits from the wine influence mixed with the peat reminds me of soap or that medicated shampoo.
      I quite like those and the longer you leave it the more balanced it is.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Definitely not lightly Peated, reminds me of a Ledaig.
      Tip of the hat for the 46%, a nice little kick.
      It also says on the bottle dark rich fruit flavours, again not true, light fruit flavours, I take it wasn't in the wine barrels for long.
      Still the balance isn't bad and the more you drink the fruiterer it gets.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Quite a long finish with some hot spice to tingle the taste buds.
      As it fades the peat gets weaker and the fruit notes get stronger.

  5. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In the glass an Isle of Raasay lightly peated with 46.4% alcohol content. The whisky comes with no age information, but is uncolored and not cold-filtered. This is batch 2. In terms of color, we are in the range of yellow gold with central windows; the still young whisky slowly flows down the glass walls and the anticipation increases.
    For me a very successful whisky from a still young distillery. I can recommend the gentle use of water because there is so much to discover. Great malt!
    • Nose
      88 88
      What an abundance of aromas pours out of the glass! Smoke and fruit are pouring out, garnished with Black Forest ham. An impressive bouquet right from the start.
      Everything looks very soft and round, no alcohol disturbs and you can linger with the glass. Freshly smoked ham with honey glaze comes to mind and I am thrilled by the subliminal sweetness. The longer I smell the Raasay, the more the fruity side dominates with ripe pears and apples, honeydew melon and black currants, which have a slight acidity. I also think I can perceive a few floral tones. I like it very much!
    • Taste
      87 87
      First berry and sweet on the tongue, then an invigorating mint sets in. However, this only lasts for a short time before the oily yellow fruits push themselves forward. After adding a little water, the mint is tamed and an impressive sweetness spreads. Spices such as juniper and laurel come into play and you hardly want to swallow the whisky. This complexity is impressive and I like it very much. Well done!
    • Finish
      86 86
      The Raasay has a long finish. First with lots of white pepper and fresh mint followed by a subliminal bitter note, the sweetness of the dram slowly returns. Ripe yellow apple, some banana and again the currants paired with juniper. When it comes to the finish, too, I prefer the whisky with a little water to tame the wild youth. That gives him one more point.

  6. 2ndSip scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    light smoke with strong maritime notes on the nose; light fruity.
    In the taste a lot of spice, then more fruit. Long-lasting with a maritime character.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe...]
    • Nose
      85 85
      light peat smoke, turning into campfire smoke; maritime, salty sea breeze, with time also dried seaweed.
      Citrus aromas with blossom honey, vanilla and a bit of caramel; plus yellow apple, apricot and dried plum.
      In the background there is a spiciness of nutmeg. The alcohol has an astringent effect.
      The further I put my nose in the glass, the stronger musty notes (could be from the red wine) and the rye spice becomes more present.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Spicy, malty attack on the tongue, light peppery note; the rye note comes through. The fruit aromas are initially pushed back.
      Seems really watery, but then becomes "stronger" again in the second third. Oak tannins, becoming drier. Slightly bitter note of coffee powder.
      2nd Sip: quite soft, now more fruit aromas perceptible, apple, orange, peach tea; Seasoning follows immediately. Tongue looks coated. Coffee powder moment is also back.
      It actually seems quite "watery" again, although 46.4%, which is also somehow noticeable, still comes across as "soft".
    • Finish
      83 83
      There is no trace of the smoke at first, it comes with a delay with its maritime content and spice. Overall medium to long lasting.
      Above all, a spicy load of tannins occupies the tongue.
      The longer it is at the back, the more maritime it looks when you breathe out through your nose.

  7. YD84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. hzs275 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    definitely worth the money
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. WiseDragon scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    For its age, probably the best whisky I’ve ever tasted. The blackberry and cherry notes really shine through the mild peat and the wine cask perfectly works with the spirit. I cannot believe this is only four years old, it’s so well balanced between cask influence and distillery character. If I was being really picky the Virgin oak has added a bit too much of a dry oak element to the finish but it’s just a little out of synch with the rest, nothing major to complain about

  10. Julia E S scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Clearly smoky on the nose with a beautifully smoldering campfire, with maritime hints of seaweed and sandy beach, plus a red wine muff and very subtle red mold cheese impressions (not disturbing) slightly cheesy and farm-like (much less than with Springbank), there are also notes of grain: Kornspitz, Wholemeal biscuits, bread crust and on the fruity side you'll find oranges and lemons.

    The whisky is slightly watery in the mouth, but the aromas of the nose are also very well reflected in the taste.

    In the finish then lemon, seaweed, sandy beach, red wine muff and pleasant oak spice. The finish is short to medium long.

    For a three-year-old whisky, I think it's really well done and the price is really okay for less than 50€. Anyway, I'll keep an eye on Rasaay.

  11. physeter scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    Aroma: fruity, sweet, a little malt and alcohol
    Taste: peaty, strong, surrounded by berry fruits and fruity sweetness, slightly salty and peppery finish

  12. Matthias80 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    On this beautiful portal you will find some reviews that describe this bottling as heavily smoky. Perhaps the bottle had been open for too long at the trade fair, there was definitely not much left in it. I definitely didn't find it overly smoky. Will try in Winterthur in 2022
    • Nose
      Citrus, fresh, like lemon and lime. Slightly vanilla and a little malty, quite promising for the young whisky
    • Taste
      Malty, a bit spicy, then honey and slightly smoky. Some tangerine is added, not too much of it. Overall not too sweet.
    • Finish
      metallic, honey, smoke, tangerine

  13. JBKwb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Thoma scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The young Malt can't quite hide his youth, even if every effort has been made. Charged with many aromas, strong peat smoke ("lightly peated???"), sweet/vinous fruit notes, herbs and spices. Interesting, but not always harmonious.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      75 75

  16. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  17. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  18. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. jazzvilly scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  20. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Seems promising and less immature than in the mouth.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Lemony, watery and dry with unripe fruits' acidity. Gets a bit better after each sip with more fruits and a nice touch of smoked herbs.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short and a bit dry.

  21. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    +: Gentle, delicate smoke on nose
    -: Rye spice x bitterness dominated palate
    Surprisingly complex with such age

    N 26
    - Lightly peated malt (non-intrusive)
    - Kelp saltiness
    - Ripe fruit (red plum) (fruitiness grows over time)
    - Subtle baking spice

    P 22
    - At first candied fruit bomb
    - Touch of mint intertwined with rye spice & juniper-like bitterness
    - Peat
    - malt sweetness

    F
    - Mid-short, mildly dry finish
    - Hay
    - Smoked spice gently lingering
    - Mildly oaky towards the end
    - Some wine tannin remains

  22. holborndrinker scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Not a bad dram, but slightly underwhelming.
    • Nose
      80 80
      A light whiff of peat smoke, pepper and spice notes.
    • Taste
      81 81
      A smokey note on the palate, almost falls apart or melts in the mouth.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Fairly short on the death - almost finishes before it gets going.

  23. whisky666 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  24. birkzehn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  25. jipiarcens scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Isle of Raasay R02
    For months I have been waiting, here he is finally in his pretty golden dress. The bottle is superb and is a change from the classic round bottles without any charm. On the nose first come red fruits followed by sea iodine and a very light peat or smoke, I can't quite tell them apart. Something also reminiscent of spices but light. The taste is quite alcoholic, we can smell the beach with seaweed, sand and salt with a light fruit base, light due I think to its passage in casks of red wines. it is still quite dry. His young age has a lot to do with it. The finish is a little astringent but fresh with a touch of exotic fruits like lychees or lemon. I do not regret my purchase and find this whisky very interesting.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Red fruits Salt Smoke Peat
    • Taste
      84 84
      Beach (fine sand, seaweed and iodine) red fruits
    • Finish
      81 81
      dry, astringent, exotic fruits

  26. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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