Hailing from the new Isle of Raasay distillery, this is a really interesting grain Whisky with some innovation behind it.
R&B Distillers are a relatively new brand, with big dreams. They were founded by Alasdair Day, who has a family history of distilling.
Day began R&B in 2014, alongside Bill Dobbie and the initials R&B stand for Raasay, the Hebridean island where the brand opened its distillery in 2017, and Borders which refers to the Scottish Borders region where Alasdair Day has whisky blending heritage.
A New Grain Whisky
Tweeddale is just one of the brands from that has come from R&B Distillers and is their Grain Whisky.
It’s a brilliant expression, with lots of flavour, and has been made from 50% wheat and 50% barley.
The nose opens with vanilla, honey and pecans. it is rich and elegant.
A slightly herbal note of thyme and fennel comes in, adding a bit more depth to the overall taste.
The palate is spicy and fresh, with a crisp fruity flavour and lots of ginger to add warmth. Caramel and honey also abound.
The oak of the barrels can be tasted in the vanilla notes, with a hint of cinnamon. More orchard fruit and a dash of cream appears.
The finish is really strong, with more warmth and oak wood.
This is a very exciting release, and it is good to see more being done with grain Whisky. if you’ve never had a grain Whisky before, we can’t recommend this one enough.