R&B stands for Raasay and Borders – the two unique Scottish landscapes that we’re seeking to instate and reinstate whisky to.
While the Isle of Raasay would have once been a keen player in a history of illicit distilling in Scotland, there has never before been a legal distillery on the Island, and the Scottish Borders has not had one since 1837.
Impatient as we are, now that our Raasay project is awaiting the results of our planning application, we’re already thinking about our future in the Borders. After all, the whisky industry requires some forward thinking.
The Big Question
In late July we asked whisky-lovers to help us choose a location for our future Borders Distillery – the anticipation for which we’ve already bottled in our Borders single grain Scotch whisky, matured in Bourbon casks and finished in Oloroso sherry casks to reflect a lowland style with our own unique mark.
“Where” was the big question, and we can now reveal that the answer you voted is:
The modern centre of the Tweeddale region where Richard Day, our great-grandfather of whisky, sold The original Tweeddale Blend until 1945, took an impressive 59.8% of the vote – 1352 of the total 2262 votes.
Here’s how the final results stacked up:
Exactly how and when the Borders distilling side of our R&B venture will unfold is developing in our minds already. Once the Isle of Raasay Distillery is well underway, we hope you’ll wait with us again – on this side of the map.