Raasay

The Oban Times - - Districts -

THE FIRST dis­tillery on the isle of Raasay will open for busi­ness next month.

Whisky mak­ers R and B Dis­tillers will of­fi­cially open the Isle of Raasay Dis­tillery in Septem­ber.

Bring­ing the whisky craft to this un­char­tered whisky re­gion, R and B Dis­tillers, co-founded by Alas­dair Day and Bill Dob­bie, will cre­ate the first Raasay Scotch, which will be ready to drink from 2020.

Alas­dair said: ‘It is the lo­ca­tion, an is­land off an is­land with com­plex ge­ol­ogy, wa­ter and is­land cli­mate with prob­a­bly the best views from any dis­tillery in Scot­land, that makes Raasay ideal for our in­no­va­tive Scotch whisky dis­tillery.’

The is­land’s 120 res­i­dents have watched ea­gerly as the dis­used Gothic villa ho­tel, Boro­dale House, has been trans­formed into the new dis­tillery, ad­ja­cent vis­i­tors’ centre and Na Tù­sairean Club mem­bers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion which will open later.

In Fe­bru­ary 2016, R and B Dis­tillers re­ceived per­mis­sion from the High­land Coun­cil to bring the first dis­tillery to Raasay and they sub­se­quently se­cured grants from the Food Pro­cess­ing Mar­ket­ing and Co- Oper­a­tion Grants Scheme and High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise.

R and B stands for Raasay and Bor­ders, en­com­pass­ing two sides of a fam­ily and a land­scape. Alas­dair Day's great grand­fa­ther, Allan Mac­Don­ald, hailed from the He­brides while his other great grand­fa­ther, Richard Day, was a mas­terblender in the Bor­ders.

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