Raasay Distillery reveals latest additions to portfolio
Raasay Distillery has released the fourth expression of its independently-bottled single malt.
Raasay While We Wait 2018 is the latest variant of the expression that was created as a representation of the flavours drinkers can expect from future Raasay Scotch whisky. The 2018 variant (rsp: £53) also begins the countdown to 2020 when the first ever Raasay single malt in Scotch whisky history will be released.
Designed as a peaty and fruity single malt, each iteration of Raasay While We Wait has been crafted through the vatting of two malts from a single Highland distillery – heavily peated at 45ppm and unpeated – matured in bourbon barrels and finished in Tuscan Montechiari wine casks. The team at the distillery is keen to push the boundaries of the spirit, exploring the effect that different finishing times and casks have on the flavour profile of the spirit.
Meanwhile, heritage brand The Tweedale, has added a new single grain whisky to its repertoir: Grain of Truth (rsp: £53). The Tweedale was first blended by J&A Davidson in 1820 in Coldstream in the Scottish Borders, and later continued by Richard Day from 1895 to 1940.
In 2009 Alasdair Day – great-grandson of Richard Day – decided to recreate The Tweedale and to continue Richard Day’s eminent legacy. Grain of Truth represents Alasdair Day’s latest effort to create a memorable, rich and complex single grain whisky, based on traditional Victorian craftsmanship with innovative maturation techniques.
Grain of Truth possesses an uncommon composition of 50% wheat and 50% malted barley. The spirit was matured in bourbon barrels and finished for nine months in fine Oloroso sherry hogsheads imbuing the whisky with honey and orange notes on the nose. The 50% malted barley and sherry cask finish gives the whisky a more complex flavour than typical grain whiskies, according to the producer.