After many months of planning, Raasay While We Wait single malt and Borders single grain whiskies are finally here! Due to be released for online sale and in specialist whisky shops this month, we thought it only fair to take the very first bottles up to Raasay for approval.
We coordinated this with the community’s annual Halloween celebration involving a torch-lit procession, which this year began at our distillery site, Borodale House. Led by our architect, Olli, dressed in a giant Kelpie mask (a mythical Scottish horse), the procession – a little slow to start for the wild wind of the Hebrides doing its best to snuff our flames – ended outside the Boathouse near the ferry terminal. Here the bonfire was lit (Kelpie mask and all) before all headed into the Boathouse-turned-bar for live music, and most importantly, whisky!
Having picked up the first 10 cases of Raasay While We Wait and Borders only on Friday we were eager to share our handcrafted creations with the community that will live alongside our Isle of Raasay Distillery. Alasdair opened the first bottle of Raasay While We Wait outside Borodale House and a traditional passing of the quaich took place before the procession began. At the other end we had both Raasay and Borders whiskies on sale by the dram to help the community raise money for repairs and improvements to the Boathouse.
Our whisky was serenaded by Gaelic music from Trosg and much chatter into the night.
Both Raasay While We Wait and Borders single grain were well received, and as is the intended nature of having two highly contrasting whiskies in style and taste, some favoured the Raasay and some the Borders drams – of course some, like us, couldn’t choose just one!
Take a look at some great photos from the weekend courtesy of Raasay’s own David Carslaw, and our website designer Scott Mooney.