Our brand new whiskies in anticipation of our future brand new distilleries at both ends of Scotland are intentionally contrasting in nature and reflective of their respective terroirs. We’ve been exploring just what makes each dram different to the other. Take a look here at how they contrast to the eye and on the nose.
Now, we’re getting under way with the best part – how they taste on the palate and why.
Raasay While We Wait Single Malt
Raasay While We Wait is deliberately lightly peated at 15ppm by combining a heavily peated (40ppm) and unpeated expression from one distillery in Tuscan red wine finishing casks.
In this way we have handcrafted the perfect prediction of the future distillation at our yet-to-be-completed Isle of Raasay Distillery.
The red wine casks are no accident, the fruity flavours from the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon infused oak lend themselves to the final flavour of the whisky.
Cabernet Sauvignon is traditionally a medium to full bodied wine with dark fruit notes, while Cabernet Franc (a parent grape variety of Cab Sav) tends to be lighter bodied, but similarly with red berry and fruit flavours.
These influences intentionally balance the smokiness of the single malt imparted by the peat so that we can represent a flavour profile reflective of the high mineral content in our volcanic filtered water, and the rugged but elegant nature of the landscape of Raasay.
After the predominant wine and lack of smoke on the nose, the palate is when you’ll instantly recognise peat smoke and spice. We like to imagine a distant campfire on the air, and tastes of black pepper, liquorice, oak, and then the sea breeze fitting with an island.
Slowly this is balanced with the dry fruit from the Tuscan red wine casks, bringing in black currant, blackberry, raspberry, and cherry notes. These all blend together to leave a lingering finish and tantalising taste of what is to come.
Borders Single Grain
In stark intended contrast to Raasay While We Wait single malt, Borders is a completely different style of whisky. As a single grain it is fundamentally a lighter and sweeter whisky on the palate.
A whisky for those who are not fans of a smokey dram, Borders single grain has no peat at all and instead offers sweet influences from both the maturation and finishing casks.
Aged in Bourbon casks, which impart a balance of vanilla flavour to dry nutty notes, particularly of walnuts taken from the heavy Sherry influence of the Oloroso Sherry finishing casks. It is drier on the palate than you would expect from the nose, and also exudes herbaceous and floral notes towards the end with just a touch of warm spice.
The finish is dry, complex, and again lingering – as anticipation should be.
Read more about our whiskies, and complete tasting notes here.