R&B Distillers Debuts Lightly Peated Single Malt Whisky

R&B DistillersR&B Distillers is one of the wave of craft whisky distilleries out of Scotland that’s either still under construction or too young yet to have product in bottle that’s can legally be called a single malt. R&B, falling into the former, is under construction on the remote Isle of Raasay, off the east coast of Skye.

While they wait for this to be completed and their first in-house whisky, they’ve gone ahead and sourced whisky from another distillery to release the second batch of the aptly named Raasay While We Wait.

Raasay While We Wait, according to the distillers, is the result of blending heavily peated single malt with an unpeated single malt from an unnamed Highland distiller.

As was the case with the first batch of this whisky, it was then finished in ex-Super Tuscan red wine casks (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc). The big difference between the two batches is in finishing time – whereas batch 1 was just eight weeks, batch 2 was a much longer 18 months.

“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,” said Raasay brand ambassador Chris Hoban in a prepared statement. “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.”

Plans currently call for Raasay While We Wait, Second Edition, to have a limited run of just 1,974 bottles, with that number being equal to the year “Raasay resident Calum Macleod completed a mammoth ten-year endeavour: to build a hand-constructed road across Raasay, from Brochel Castle to Arnish.” It will price for around £57, or about $72 USD.

About the author

Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.

  • Simbo1970

    Looking at joining their Na Tusairean Club which looks pretty decent value (£999 for 8 bottles of whisky over 10 years and 10 nights stay in their distillery hotel) but trying to work out the risks. Do the new distilleries fail often? Or anything else I should consider (yes I know the hotel is a gimmick but I am fine with it)