Our Raasay While We Wait single malt Scotch whisky, carefully handcrafted with a highland distillery to represent the style of whisky we will distil at Raasay’s first ever legal distillery has won it’s first international award!
The International Spirits Challenge (ISC) is known as one of the ‘most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competition in the world’. Entries are judged blind by a panel of specialist judges. The category chairman for Scotch Whisky & World Whisky this year is Richard Paterson, president of The Institute of Wine & Spirits, “Master” Keeper of the Quaich, and inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame in 2013.
2016 is the 21st year of the Challenge and Raasay While We Wait’s first! As a new whisky, only bottled in November 2015, we’re delighted to see our single malt go up against over 1,300 entries from almost 70 countries around the world.
The ISC looks for an international standard of quality, excellence and innovation in award winners, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have achieved a Bronze medal in the Scotch Whisky category.
Raasay While We Wait is unapologetically a young whisky. It’s deliberately indicative of the style of whisky we will make at the Isle of Raasay Distillery once in production from next year. We plan to bottle Raasay’s first single malt in 2020 at 3 years old, and subsequently each year to allow you to taste the evolution of a brand new whisky.
At R&B Distillers we take an uncommon approach and strongly believe that handcrafting whisky with care, attention, and expertise destroys any idea that young whisky can’t be exceptionally good, complex, and interesting whisky.
This is exactly what we’ve set out to do working with a single Highland distillery to handcraft Raasay While We Wait single malt with two expressions and specifically sourced finishing casks from three vineyards in Tuscany. The profile of the final liquid reflects both the volcanic minerals of our own water supply on Raasay, filtered down from Dùn Caan, and the origin of our stills to come from Tuscany, balanced perfectly with wine-fruit notes.
Try Raasay While We Wait for yourself, buy direct from us in 70cl, 20cl, or 5cl bottlings, any of our partner retails listed on our stockists page, or on the bar at selected outlets in Scotland and London.
Congratulations to all other winners at this years ISC – you can view them here.