Raasay distillery plans are approved

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R&B’s managing director Alasdair Day with a sample of what is to come

Plans to create a new distillery on Raasay have been approved.

On Tuesday Highland Council planners gave their backing to the project which will convert the Victorian Borodale House into a distillery, visitor centre and luxury accommodation.

Vole and bat specialists had to be consulted as part of the planning discussion, but with approval granted R&B Distillers say construction work will start in April, with whisky in production from early 2017.

While the distillery is under construction, R&B Distillers have released the aptly named “While We Wait” single malt, a preview of the calibre and flavour of whisky yet to come.

R&B Distillers have also launched an exclusive offering for whisky aficionados: membership to their “Na Tùsairean club (Gaelic for ‘The Pioneers’). The inaugural 100 casks of whisky made at the new distillery on Raasay will be bottled exclusively for club members who will receive one bottle each year for ten years, gradually acquiring up a rare collection of R&B Whisky.