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R&B Distillers aim to be Scotland’s leading craft distillers. With roots in both the Scottish Borders and the Hebrides, R&B Distillers are seeking to build distilleries in both – uncommon provenance for whisky production. The Borders has not seen a whisky distillery since 1837, and R&B are building the first legal one on the Isle of Raasay, planned to open early 2017. Co-founder Alasdair Day’s great-grandfather was a Borders master blender of The Tweedale Blend in the early 19th Century, while his other great-grandfather hailed from the Hebrides. On Raasay, Co-founder Bill Dobbie, also has links through childhood friends, which led him to purchase the site of Borodale House for future use as a whisky distillery.

Building distilleries takes time though, so R&B are satisfying their impatience by crafting the styles of whisky representative of what’s to come; the aptly named Raasay While We Wait single malt, and Borders highland single grain. They also continue to promote their heritage brand The Tweeddale. The ‘recipe’ for this historic blended Scotch was inherited by Alasdair and recreated after a 70-year gap since original production in Coldstream.

R&B have the tip and tail of Scotland covered when it comes to styles of whisky. Expertly handcrafting their award-winning classic blend of nine single casks, a distinct single malt finished in Tuscan red wine casks, and an uncommon single grain Scotch of malted barley and wheat, they demonstrate the vast differences in profile across drams. Scotch whisky is characterised by tradition, and the R&B collection pioneers Scotch that is informed but not constrained by tradition.

DISTRIBUTOR: R & B Distillers

WEBSITE: rbdistillers.com