A grain whisky from R and B distilleries. R and B is a partnership between fledgling craft distilleries Raasay (found on the island that shares its name) and Borders (found near the Border with England, in the town of Hawick). This is the second bottling from this collaboration.
Raasay distillery is the first on the island, which only has 120 inhabitants, whilst the Borders distillery was the first in the Borders region for nearly 200 years.
The whisky is made with 50% wheat (representing the Borders) and 50% malted barley (representing Raasay). The whisky is distilled in a Coffey still in the Highlands.
It is aged initially in Bourbon casks, before a brief finishing period in 80 litre sherry casks (the same process as was used with the initial Borders release). R and B discovered that during maturation, the grain whisky quickly took on a lot of sherry cask flavour (particularly the nutty notes of Oloroso), so they re-racked this grain spirit in Bourbon casks, in order to maintain the balance of the final product.
The result is well-poised dram, with notes of sherry, bright Bourbon oak, grain sweetness, tangerines, peaches, almonds, walnuts, mixed spice, orchard fruits, chocolate, cream, biscuits, honey, strawberries and lemon rind.
Non chill filtered, and natural in colour, the whisky is also bottled at a powerful 51.7% ABV, ensuring the whisky has excellent body and intensity.
Complex enough to be drunk neat, this bottling also works well as a base for cocktails.