Isle of Raasay distillery has obtained over 17,000 worldwide bids for two,500 bottles of its new single malt.
The distillery, based mostly on a Hebridean island with simply 161 inhabitants, has been ‘greatly surprised’ by the ‘outstanding response’ from whisky followers the world over.
Forward of the discharge of its single malt whisky in June, Raasay Distillery has obtained 17,478 on-line poll functions for the bottling. Solely 2,500 winners shall be chosen as early house owners of the signature expression.
With greater than 10,000 candidates within the first 24 hours alone, the whisky’s launch is a highly-anticipated one.
Bids had been obtained from areas so far as Barbados and Bangladesh earlier than the poll closed yesterday (19 Might).
Alasdair Day, co-founder of the distillery, stated: “We’ve been greatly surprised by the vastly constructive response from whisky followers proper the world over.
“Our distinctive six cask maturation combines peated and unpeated Isle of Raasay spirit with first fill rye whisky, chinkapin oak and first fill Bordeaux crimson wine casks.
“It’s the first of this cask mixture in Scotch whisky historical past.”
The one malt is distilled, matured and bottled on Raasay after creating ‘complexity’ and ‘depth of character’ in six recipe casks.
Day added: “This launch places the Isle of Raasay firmly on the whisky map and is a testomony to the innovation and exhausting work of our distillery group.”
An additional 500 poll winners will obtain an unique ticket to a digital launch occasion that includes the whisky’s maker, author Dave Broom.
consumers should purchase the whisky from UK stockists, and within the distillery’s 20 worldwide markets – extra may be discovered utilizing the interactive map on Raasay Distillery’s web site.
London-based stockist Jeroboams has already seen demand from prospects for the one malt.
James Phillips, spirits and beer purchaser at Jeroboams, stated: “The Isle of Raasay Distillery is an excellent addition to the Scottish distilling panorama and one other welcome boost to the colourful UK distilling scene.
“We’re wanting ahead to the Isle of Raasay whisky having a spot on our store cabinets, and watching Raasay develop.”
The 700ml bottling is alleged to have candy, smoky notes on the nostril with a honey and cinnamon palate.
Its end is ‘lengthy’, with a ‘trace of saltiness’ and ‘faint wooden smoke’.
The distillery, which employs greater than 10% of the island’s inhabitants, will launch single casks of the six signature recipe casks later this 12 months, to be decided by ballot on the distillery’s launch occasion.
The non-chill-filtered expression has an ABV of 46.6%, and is out there for buy for an RRP of £48 (US$67) from 4 June.
Earlier this 12 months, the distillery bottled a single cask Scotch whisky to mark the top of poet Jackie Kay’s tenure as Scots makar.