A bit of a deep dive from the small Hebridean Island just east of Skye. Raasay has only been operating since 2017, and prides itself on employing people who live on Raasay itself as well as distilling, maturing and bottling all of their whisky on the island. Considering less than 200 people live there, we consider this dram a very neat little find! For this flagship whisky, the folks at Raasay mix peated and unpeated whisky that was matured in rye, chinkapin and bordeaux casks, dubbing it their “Six Cask Recipe”. 46.4% ABV. A lovely, unique and clean presentation!
Another double header, another new distillery for us. Although priced very reasonably at under $150, this is Glasgow Distillery’s inaugural whisky, which won 4 awards across 2019-2020, including gold at the Scottish Whisky Awards. The distillery itself was named Distillery of the Year in 2020. “1770” refers to the history of whisky making in the city of Glasgow, however this specific distillery has only been operating since 2015. 46% ABV, bourbon cask matured and finished in virgin oak.
An old dusty, clearly from the leather-look case! A very clear departure from GG’s modern approach – there is no 21 year age statement any longer, but rather “vintages” of specific years, such as 1999. A great dram!
Another great expression from Signatory Vintage, and another new distillery to this club! Great to experience an affordable 25 year-old at a reasonable price point in the $300 range. Sourced from Alberta.
A great dram from an independent bottler – wish we saw more Ben Nevis around Ontario, a friendly place located at the foot of mount Ben Nevis in Fort William, Scotland, but owned by Japanese whisky, Nikka.
Another exciting double header from a new distillery for the club, one of the most remote in Scotland! Only producing whisky since 2014, it was a treat to experience Ardnamurchan with so little of its offerings ready/available. We tried both the peated and unpeated versions. Looking forward to what’s to come from this young distillery!
February brought us a double header of lowland single farm estate distillery Daftmill – winter and summer batch releases!
Happy 14th Anniversary ETKW! The Crown Jewel of our 14th anniversary celebration: Lost Distilleries of Scotland.
We will update this post after we have sampled the whisky this evening….but I can tell you it smelled fantastic on the pour!!