Dis­tiller sought to take the helm on Raasay

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A WHISKY in­no­va­tor, who says a de­ci­sion to im­merse him­self in the in­dus­try was ei­ther brave or mad, is build­ing the first le­gal distillery on Raasay.

Alas­dair Day got into whisky af­ter he in­her­ited a ‘cel­lar’ from his great grand­fa­ther, a blender from the bor­der town of Cold­stream.

His other grand­fa­ther hailed from He­brides, so when Mr Day and his fam­ily de­cided to de­pend on the ‘ wa­ter of life’ for a liv­ing, they came up with the name R&B Dis­tillers, stand­ing for Raasay and Bor­ders.

Mr Day told The Oban Times: ‘My grand­fa­ther’s cel­lar book had blends from 1899 to 1960. It was amaz­ing. But we knew if we wanted to scale up we would have to make our own blends.’

Along­side busi­ness part­ner Bill Dobby, the Days are in the process of build­ing their distillery on Raasay which will boast a mem­bers’ club and ‘one of the best distillery views’, ac­cord­ing to Mr Day.

R&B hopes to open this sum­mer but in the mean­time is on the hunt for a dis­tiller.

Mr Day, 51, said: ‘My qual­i­fi­ca­tion is in botany so I want to put the distillery in the hands of some­one whose pas­sion for whisky is as ex­ten­sive as their knowl­edge.

‘ We’ve had in­ter­est from all around the globe, even from peo­ple who have come to Scot­land from Asia and are now qual­i­fied dis­tillers. It is so impressive that the tra­di­tion and the art of whisky and Scot­land is as ap­peal­ing as ever.

He added: ‘I am a fan of all whisky. My choice will de­pend on the mood and the sur­round­ings. We hope Raasay will pro­vide whisky lovers with one of the most en­joy­able and in­spir­ing en­vi­ron­ments.’

Alas­dair Day is look­ing for a dis­tiller to op­er­ate his new busi­ness on Raasay.

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