Chris Hoban, R&B Distillers, Edinburgh

Chris Hoban, R&B Distillers, Edinburgh

How can you be Scottish and not have a favorite whiskey? It’s not the fault of today’s guest – he was only 19 when his uncle took him to task. He certainly has made up for it now, with such a passion for the brown stuff that he has shaped a career out of this very Scottish of spirits.

As Brand Ambassador for R&B Distillers, Chris Hoban has the enviable job of talking about whiskey night and day. His early years working at the Scotch Whiskey Experience, the famous whiskey tourist attraction in Edinburgh, paved the way. R&B are in the process of creating their first distillery on the island of Raasay just across from Skye, with another one to follow in the Borders.

The owner’s great-grandfather had been a master blender in the early 19th Century. Finding his old recipe book was the impetus to establishing R&B Distillery. They’ve already blended two batches of their award-winning limited-edition Raasay While We Wait in preparation for the distillery to be up and running this summer.

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