The Isle of Raasay Distillery is the first legal distillery on the Island of Raasay, a small island between the Isle of Skye and the West coast of mainland Scotland. Translated as ‘island of the roe (ore red) deer, like other parts of the area, the landscape was shaped by volcanic activity. The geology of the island means the water used by the distillery, which is sourced from a local Celtic well known as the ‘Well of the Pale Cow’, has a high mineral content thanks to the island’s volcanic and sandstone rock.
The distillery began distilling its own Hebridean single malt Scotch whisky in September 2017 and released its first gin expression in July 2019. The distillery was designed by local architect Olli Blair and built by several of the islanders. With an estimated 160 residents on the island. the distillery is a symbol of island life with spirits distilled and created to capture the spirit of the island, the island’s history and a glimpse of the future.
Isle of Raasay Hebridean Gin is distilled using a recipe that was developed with ten botanicals including some from the island. Distilled in a Frilli copper pot still and using mineral rich water from a local well, the gin features juniper, rhubarb root, lemon peel, orange peel, coriander seeds, angelica root, liquorice root, orris root, cubeb pepper, and triple distilled Raasay spirit. The flavour profile has a burst of juniper with sweet citrus orange and sweet rhubarb with a dry, zesty finish.
Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Rhubarb Root, Cubeb Pepper
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 46% vol
Goes great with: Twist of orange peel, tonic and ice.