Sit­u­a­tion va­cant: seek­ing a dis­tiller with ad­ven­tur­ous spirit

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

WHISKY-MAK­ING on a rugged and re­mote Scot­tish is­land with a back­drop of vast skies, golden ea­gles soar­ing over­head and dol­phins in the bay may sound like a wist­ful fan­tasy, but Scotch whisky maker R&B Dis­tillers hopes to make this dream a re­al­ity for one lucky in­di­vid­ual this year.

R&B is in the process of build­ing the first le­gal distillery on the is­land of Raasay, off the east coast of the Isle of Skye, and is now on the hunt for a dis­tiller to pro­duce the is­land’s first sin­gle malt whisky.

The whisky-maker will be re­quired to re­lo­cate to the pic­turesque but iso­lated is­land where they will be­come an in­te­gral part of the close-knit Raasay com­mu­nity of 120 in­hab­i­tants (as well as a colony of rare bats, ot­ters and voles).

A for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tion in dis­till­ing and prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence is es­sen­tial for the role. R&B has ex­pressed that ‘en­thu­si­asm for the mul­ti­far­i­ous­ness of is­land life’ is vi­tal for the ap­pli­cant. It adds: ‘The is­land has min­i­mal fa­cil­i­ties – one café and bar only open dur­ing the sum­mer months, a small com­mu­nity shop and a bat ho­tel – and is a ferry jour­ney to main­land Scot­land.’

The spokesper­son con­tin­ued: ‘R&B’s distillery will re­in­state whisky-mak­ing in this for­got­ten whisky re­gion of Scot­land as well as pro­vid­ing up to 10 per cent of the is­land’s em­ploy­ment and bring­ing tourists to the is­land to wit­ness whisky-mak­ing in ac­tion: the suc­cess­ful dis­tiller will have a chance to be a part of this ex­cit­ing story.’

Alas­dair Day, of R&B Dis­tillers, be­low, views plans for the distillery on Raasay which has a stun­ning set­ting

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