R&B Distillers has released the second batch of its lightly-peated single malt whisky, Raasay While We Wait. This limited edition second iteration has spent 18 months finishing in Tuscan red wine casks, imbuing the spirit with a rounder and fruitier flavour.
After a successful first year of production, R&B Distillers has sold out of the first release of its multi-award winning single malt, now only available at some stockists.
R&B Distillers is in the process of building the first (legal) distillery on the remote Isle of Raasay, off the east coast of Skye, and has chosen to create a limited second batch of 1974 bottles to honour a renowned figure in Raasay history. In 1974, Raasay resident Calum Macleod completed a 10-year endeavour to build a hand-constructed road across Raasay, from Brochel Castle to Arnish. R&B’s latest batch plays homage this feat.
Brand ambassador Chris Hoban comments "The second release of Raasay While We Wait has quite a bit of the smoke and earthy notes from the first release but these have been enriched with fruity, juicy, full bodied red wine notes. Where the wine notes were more prominent on the nose in the first release, with just small amounts on the palate, the second release is enveloped with plum and raisin notes, mixed in with burning peat and dark chocolate."
In 2016, the first release of Raasay While We Wait was awarded several accolades including a silver at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, and bronze medals at the International Spirits Challenge and Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition.