The new distillery exclusive is inspired by the Isle of Raasay, with the production team choosing a unique blend of sherry and ex-Manzanilla Pasada casks with the goal of achieving a salty maritime note within the spirit.
Bottled at an ABV of 63.5%, the producer has described the expression as having notes of chamomile, almonds and salted caramel on the palate.
Co-founder and master distiller Alasdair Day commented: “The Isle of Raasay is a very small rugged, windswept Hebridean island that lies off the East coast of Skye. An island off an island. With all of our spirit being matured on Raasay in our warehouses there has been a lot of discussion about our maritime climate and how this may influence the flavour characteristics of our maturing whisky. It was with this thought in mind, combined with the tradition of maturing Scotch Whisky in sherry casks that we selected a small quantity of ex Manzanilla Pasada casks for our Isle of Raasay Single Malt to mature in.
“Manzanilla is a very dry sherry, similar to Fino, made in the same way but at the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda next to the sea and not inland in Jerez. This results in a salty maritime note in Manzanilla which is not present in Fino sherry. It is this note that we were looking to promote in this very special release of our Isle of Raasay Hebridean Single Malt. It combines our maturation by the sea with the maritime influence of the Manzanilla sherry.”
Only 2,500 bottles are to be available of ‘Distillery Exclusive – Tourism Destination of the Year’ sold only on their online whisky club and at the Isle of Raasay distillery itself. It is available to purchase from 17 May at a retail price of £95.
Further information can be found at the Isle of Raasay Distillery website.