Like setting up a distillery isn't enough of an ordeal, the crazy cats at new venture R&B Distillers are aiming to set up two, in unexpected places in Scotland, no less. Most impressive, though, is that they’ve already released whiskies from both, before either has opened their doors. One doesn’t even have a site yet…
No, they’re not doing this by folding the fabric of spacetime, but have instead produced whiskies in a Highland distillery that resemble the styles they’ll be aiming for when their own distilleries are operational. Raasay While We Wait (46% abv, £56.85/70cl) is made with a combination of peated and unpeated whisky from the same distillery. It’ll be the first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay, once famed for its illicit distilling.
Borders (51.7% abv, £49.98/70cl), on the other hand, is lighter and softer, made in a Lowland style, much like the whiskies that’ll be made once the distillery finds its home in that region. The Scottish public helped choose the region for the new distillery, which will be in Peebles. While Raasay should be operational in 2016, Borders is going to take a little while longer.
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