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Island Single Malt Whisky

The Islands represent a very diverse region and one that is not strictly recognised as a region by the Scotch Whisky Association - technically the Islands are a part of the Highlands. It is most probably for geographic ease that this small group of islands is lumped together. There are so many different characters to be found, although usually a slight salinity is to be found, thanks to the vicinity to the sea. To the very north there is Orkney, whose single malts are coastal and full in the case of Highland Park, with plenty of honey, malt and heather and smoky malt. The other Orcadian distillery, Scapa, has a delightful citrus and herbal quality. Then there is the Isle of Skye with its sole distillery: Talisker. Single malts here are often described as being 'volcanic' in character with plenty of body. There's Arran, who make a malty, rich whisky. It's a recently founded distillery on the Isle of Arran, founded in 1995. Finally, there's Mull and Jura. Each with a single distillery a piece. On Mull the Tobermory distillery produces a sweet, thick, slightly herbal whisky (and a heavily peated version called Ledaig) whilst on the Isle of Jura, the distillery with the same name produces some slightly maritime, oily drams with a nutty cereal character.

Island
Released as part of Arran's Icons of Arran range (commemorating the symbols of Island life), this 1998 vintage features a picture of Ruaraidh, Arran's beloved Westie. It was made using twenty two...  More info
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A superb whisky, released to celebrate Arran's 15th anniversary. This was distilled in 1999 and finished in Amontillado sherry casks before bottling in Spring 2010 as part of a release of 5,460...  More info
An Arran from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled in 2000, it was bottled in 2013 following a maturation period spent in refill bourbon casks.  More info
$53.93
A wonderful 2004 vintage from the Isle of Arran distillery, this little gem was distilled using Bere barley (a very old strain of barley which has been used traditionally for centuries) grown on...  More info
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Very unusual to find a peated Arran, this was distilled on the 12th December 2005 and aged in a bourbon cask. Oddly, they bottled it on the 7th December 2009 - just 5 days away from this whisky's 4th...  More info
A superbly fresh offering from the Isle of Arran distillery, this Connoisseur's Choice bottling from Gordon and MacPhail was distilled in 1998 before being aged for 9 years in sherry casks.  More info
$43.56
A cask strength release, from a single bourbon cask created and matured at the Arran distillery on the shores of Lochranza.  More info
$88.99
A single malt from the Arran distillery finished for six months in casks which previously held Premier Cru Vosne Romanée red wine from Domaine Guyon in the Bourgogne region of France.  More info
Only 7980 bottles of this Arran single malt were released. Matured for 8 years in an ex-bourbon cask, this whisky enjoyed a further 9 months to finish in a Fino sherry cask from Valdespino.  More info
This Isle of Arran single malt was rather lavishly finished in a Grand Cru Champagne cask and the release has been limited to just 307 bottles. It was awarded a bronze medal in 2005 by Malt Maniacs.  More info
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Arran Jamaican Rum Finish
(70cl, 58.60%)
An Isle of Arran cask strength release of just 260 bottles, matured in casks which previously held Jamaican rum which has imparted a thick, spicy richness to this single malt.  More info
$87.03
A peated whisky from Arran! The Machrie Moor is a peat bog on the western part of the Isle of Arran, and the dog on the bottle is called Bran!  More info
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$65.14
Distilled in 2004, this is a very interesting whisky from the Isle of Arran. Unusually for the distillery, this was distilled from peated malt, with a peating level of 14PPM. This is the third batch.  More info
$70.25
This Isle of Arran whisky exhibits all of the spicy, malty flavours one associates with Christmas, finished as it was in a cask which previously held Madeira.  More info
$79.60
Bottled in November 2005, this Isle of Arran cask strength release spent time in a Montepulciano D'Abruzzo cask and was limited to just 315 bottles.  More info
Just 5,730 bottles of this Arran whisky were released, finished in Moscatel casks from the Setúbal Peninsula in Portugal.  More info
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Finished in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso cask, just 816 bottles of this single malt were released in 2006 from the Isle of Arran having been finished for 10 months in this 'Cream Sherry' cask.  More info
This Isle of Arran single malt enjoyed maturation in ex-sherry cask before being finished in a Port cask. A rare release, an outturn of just 825 bottles, bottled in 2004.  More info
Bottled in 2005, this single malt from the Arran distillery enjoyed maturation in a sherry cask before being finished in a first fill Port cask for superb fruity complexity. A release of 888 bottles...  More info
$77.72
This cask strength from the Isle of Arran distillery comes from a release of just 312 bottles and has been finished for 9 months in a Premier Cru Sauternes cask from Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey.  More info
This was distilled at the Arran distillery on the 11th December 1996 before a maturation in a single sherry cask (number 1963). It was then bottled at cask-strength on the 1st October 2012 and is part...  More info
Distilled at on the Isle of Arran in May 1997 and bottled in August 2012, 520 numbered bottles were produced from this single Sherry cask.  More info
$135.24
A 2008 limited edition of but 5,670 bottles, this superb whisky from Arran was aged for 8 years in sherry casks before being finished for 9 months in a Sassicaia red wine cask from Tuscany.  More info
A sherry matured Arran. This was distilled on the 12th August 1996 and aged for 13 years in cask number 536 before bottling on the 5th February 2010. A release of 325 individually numbered bottles.  More info
A rich, fruity offering from the Isle of Arran distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1998 and matured in sherry casks before being bottled at cask strength in 2007.  More info
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