Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
R&B Distillers (R&BD)
Bottling serie
First Release
French Oak Tuscan Wine Cask Finish
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
200 ml 700 ml
Lightly Peated
Added on
08 nov 2015 5:59 pm by St. Pauli

Average value

€ 68.20

12 × in wishlist

34 × member ratings

97 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Raasay While We Wait

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.66 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  "While we wait" that the new Raasay spirit matures to become a whisky finally the distillery owners do what many others did before them:  They buy whisky from undisclosed other distilleries and sell it under their own brand name simply to raise some money (building a new distillery and producing whisky is a costly adventure that seriously damages your cash flow, so any cash generated from whatsoever source is highly appreciated).  Nevertheless this is a quite interesting bottling to follow up as (usually) owners select whisky that comes close to the style of spirit they aim for in their own distillery - so this is a kind of preview and you can check later if they were successful in finally producing what they wanted to achieve... 

    So if this is true for the Raasay distillery as well then we can expect a lightly peated and vanilla-driven toffee profile with rather dominant wine cask finishes.  It reminds me somehow of the Talisker Port Ruighe https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/40583/talisker-port-ruighe.  A modern style whisky that is easy to drink with a few strong spikes that does not put empasis on balance or harmony.  It prefers a bold first impression over a sustainable long-term image.  Sure, this is pure speculation and time will tell the truth...
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I had a sample imported from the Whisky Festival 2016. She was also interested in her beautifully pinkish color. Well, the purpose of this whisky is very good, and I think we can really look forward to the production of this team.
    • Nose
      A very nice combination of peat and red wine. A lot of spicy, fresh fruit, raspberries, strawberries, warmth and endearment. Occasionally, it is also a glimpse of subtlety. White wine may have taken a sparkling acid. (87 b)
    • Taste
      Acidity of fruit, then peat. Although the body is a bit sparse, it also makes it spicy and stretchy with peat. Dozvuk is dry, slightly ash. (85 b)
    • Finish
      A novelty from Raasay, a distillery that does not yet have its whisky, but the people behind this new project have prepared for us, as an example of their skills, this whisky, without giving any real origin. It was used as a spirituous and non-watery product, finished in Tuscan barrels, three different vineyards producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. So I'm in the islands. The Isle of Raasay Distillery will stand on the island of the same name near the more famous island of Skye. The construction of the distillery began on June 13, 2016.

  3. WJF1007 scored this whisky 70 points Member Junior

    Not impressed at all, with all the understanding and respect about the hardship building a new distillery, this bottle is unusual, but far away from good.
    Everything about it's nosing, palate, and finish still have a long way to go. Nosing has a strong sweaty and moldy flavor reminds me a glass of chadonnay being putted out in the sun for a whole month. The palate's got it's sweet, fruity taste, sound's not bad right? Just when I was about to call it "not ba~~~~(d), a strong semen(not exaggrating) smell goes all the way from my throat up to the nostril.
    This is far away from a good one. Let's just hope that "after we wait" will be better, at least not like this.

  4. Macerik scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. vojt466 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An interesting achievement that will surely attract the whisky's attention to the community and help her to bridge the time that R & B will come with its 100% own product. So far they are definitely on the right track
    • Nose
      Fusion of wine and fruit tones (ripe strawberries / cherries) with lightly dull oak, dry wood chips, ham, peanuts and light peat. The background may be slightly perfumed and artificial fragrance of flowers.
    • Taste
      From the count of still-present fruits, later to the growing vanilla and dessert spiciness, followed by a rising dryness and a pinch of peat.
    • Finish
      In the reverberation, for the time being, the largest rise of peat with a good amount of tannins and final dryness. Medium long reverberation.

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      I've never seen before a whisky with this colour. It's like a very light rosé wine and the first smell that comes to me is also a wine but not the best quality. After a while it seems to settle down and I get a litlle bit of vanilla and peaty touch far away.
    • Taste
      First there is a spicy touch surrounded by the smoke of an open fire. Also fruity hints of berries and cherries. Strange I had a bit of a creamy taste in the begin but left me with a dry mouth afterwards. Little woody but not to much.
    • Finish
      Medium - half long and dry.

  9. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Peat rather mineral. This nose is as delicate, but not very intense. On the palate, the peat is light and the texture fleshy. Tuscan wine finish? Oh good. A slight sweetness in the finish that is intense and flowery.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  10. emptycask scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    unusual, but not bad at all.
    • Nose
      Directly a vinegar note stands out, gentle smoke, minimal alcohol tingle, red fruit, artificial sweet notes.
    • Taste
      Soft at first, Green sour apple, again that vinegar note, and some cleaning fluids. Get's dry in the development.
    • Finish
      Reasonable of length, dry and some subtle smoke.

  11. St. Pauli did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting notes by David Broom (Scotchwhisky.com):

    NOSELight. Very light in fact, with some raspberry juice and firm cereal elements sitting in the background which bring to mind a distillery millroom. There’s a little touch of smoke, but the fruit – which with water develops into jam skimmings – dominates. There is a sense of immaturity.  PALATEGreen notes to start with – unripe strawberries in the punnet, then comes a slightly odd antiseptic note. Slightly thin on the palate. The fruit is very sweet, but it can’t mask the tightness of the base spirit.FINISHThe smoke leans out slightly.CONCLUSIONThis has the most peculiar rose colour akin to dentists’s mouthwash – coming from the ‘Tuscan red wine casks’ it’s been finished in. RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIMEThis is what Raasay is about. 

  12. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Weirdly, this is actually a pink whisky! Must've been some wine left in the Tuscan casks.

    The flavour profile fits with rosé with fresh red and tropical fruit notes. It tastes young but it's not a bad dram at all - reminiscent of sitting on a sun terrace with a glass of wine and a cigarette.
    • Nose
      Waxy paper, redcurrants, cracked black pepper in butter, peach and apricot skin, roses.
    • Taste
      Peaches and pineapples, orange peel and ripe pear with fizzy peat - a lot like the bubble burn you get with sparkling wine. There's a smoked rosé thing going on for sure.
    • Finish
      Dry, slightly spicy.

  13. Bassiebeton did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Perfectly balanced whisky. Drinkable for rookie whisky drinkers as well for the advanced whisky drinkers.


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