Raasay ‘While We Wait’ Single Malt – A Gentleman’s Review

Ryan Yip A Gentleman's Review, Whisky 1 Comment

Hmm… A bottle of whisky named “While We Wait”, what could possibly be the story behind it?

The Isle of Raasay Distillery was founded in 2017. Wait, that was only 2 years ago, doesn’t whisky has to be aged in barrels for at least 3 years to be officially whisky? Yes, you are right, and this is the exact reason why this blend is called “While We Wait”. The Distillery is currently waiting on their first Raasay whiskey to be done with aging, that is why they crafted this single malt whisky blend with both peated and unpeated whiskies from one distillery.

While waiting for the new Raasay whisky, we have crafted a single malt, aptly called Raasay While We Wait, that demonstrates our whisky making skills and offers a tantalising taste of what’s to come from the Isle of Raasay Distillery.

We achieved this by blending two expressions from one distillery; one peated, one unpeated. The whisky is then finished in French oak Tuscan wine casks from three vineyards that produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Isle of Raasay Distillery

It’s bottled at 46% ABV natural golden colour, non-chill filtered and price is set just above $60 USD

Findings in While We Wait

Raasay ‘While We Wait’ Single Malt (Source: Whisky Consultants)

The Raasay whisky has an enticing aroma which, might I add, reminds me of typical Speyside and Highland notes: fruity

Nose: The first thing I noticed is the fruitiness it gives out! Perhaps a complex of orchard fruits mixed with some raspberry or strawberry. Slightly charred, a bit of chocolate-ty smell and a fine note that can be found in wine-cask whiskies.

Palate: As the nose suggests, really fruity, I’m loving it! Slightly peaty and smokey. I can taste something sweet here, maybe honey? The dram gives out a hint of vanilla as well. It is quite sweet and fruity overall.

Finish: Not quite long-lasting. After the sweet-fruitiness is gone, all is left on your palate is that smoky char taste. Very well-layered.

I find this to be quite a delightful drink. All the sweetness made me enjoy it more than I expected. A pleasant dram with such an interesting background story to it definitely deserves a win!

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