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Issue 142 - Desert Island Drams

Whisky Magazine Issue 142
March 2017


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Desert Island Drams

R&B Distillers look for a castaway distiller

Whisky making on a rugged and remote Scottish island with a backdrop of vast skies, golden eagles soaring overhead, and dolphins in the bay may sound like a wistful workday fantasy, but Scotch whisky makers R&B Distillers will make this dream a reality for one lucky distiller this year.

R&B Distillers are in the process of building the first legal distillery on the isolated Scottish island of Raasay, off the east coast of the Isle of Skye, and are now on the hunt for a distiller to bring the island's first single malt whisky from the stills. The deadline was 24 February 2017, and applications so far have come from as far afield as Africa and Canada!

The whisky maker will be required to relocate to the picturesque but isolated island where they will become an integral part of the close knit Raasay community of 120 inhabitants (as well as a colony of rare bats, otters and voles).

A formal qualification in distilling and practical experience is essential for the role (a full job description can be found at R&B has expressed that enthusiasm for the multifariousness of island life is vital for the applicant. The island has minimal facilities - one café and bar only open during the summer months, a small community shop and a hotel - and it is a ferry journey to mainland Scotland.

Merely 14 miles in length with the extinct volcano Dun Caan dominating the skyline, Raasay is a walker's paradise; dotted with ruins, rug...

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