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Island Whisky

A diverse whisky region, the proximity to the sea often proffers slightly salty, sometimes smoky whiskies. Balance is a recurring theme; sweetness and pungency in perfect harmony. A decidedly eclectic assortment of whiskies is to be found on the Islands. It is hard to categorise them, indeed the fact they are a category of their own is most probably for geographic ease rather than for discerning between styles. There is often, however, a marked salinity, particularly in whiskies from Isle of Jura, with their oily nature and gentle peat.

The Isle of Skye is beaten by the elements, the sole distillery, Talisker, uses a peated malt and the smoky, pungent drams it produces are quite similar in style to the punchy whiskies from Islay’s southern coast.

Mull is slightly more unfamiliar, its sole distillery, Tobermory produces soft whisky with menthol freshness and plenty of sweetness. Orkney is a dark, weathered isle, there is often a salty character, but, certainly in Highland Park’s case, there is sublime balance. Arran is a newcomer to the scene, and its sole distillery and namesake is producing whiskies that have recently come of age. There is plenty of barley sweetness, no peat and a good fruity character.

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Arran 12 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
A relatively limited release, the distillery is only young and doesn't have large stocks of older whisky! This 12 year old Arran offers a good sherry character. Creamy and rich.  More info
$58.26
A single cask Highland park, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled n the 27th June, 1986 and matured in hogshead number 2282 for 22 years before bottling on the 13th January 2009. A release of just...  More info
This single sherry cask from Arran was distilled on the 9th September 1996 and bottled on the 15th June 2009. A release of 280 bottles from cask number 1287.  More info
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A 14 year old from one of Orkney's brace of distilleries (the other being Highland Park). This was distilled at Scapa in October 1993 and aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 3888 before...  More info
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This was distilled at the Scapa distillery in October 1993 and it was aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 4440 before bottling in June 2008 by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. There...  More info
Part of a limited release of just 500 bottles from Highland Park. This was bottled for the St Magnus Festival in 2006 - an art festival founded in 1977 by Orkney's Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. The 2006...  More info
$292.14
Bottled for the Bladnoch forum, this was distilled on the 16th September 1997 at Highland Park, and aged for 12 years in hogshead number 6258 before bottling on the 23rd July 2010. A release of 273...  More info
Mountain of the Sound! It sounds epic! This 15 year old Jura was finished in Cabernet Sauvignon casks and is part of the trio of 15 year old whiskies inspired by the Jura Paps, there are just 1,366...  More info
A very special single malt from Jura, inspired by the Isle's Mountain of Gold. This was finished in a Pinot Noir wine cask.  More info
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$182.64
A presentation gift set with a bottle of Isle of Jura Superstition with a telescopic pocket tumbler with which to drink your superstitious whisky. Superstition if a blend of old Jura malts and...  More info
$58.70
A beautifully packaged Arran, with a rather splendid looking peacock on the tube and bottle. This is part of the Icons of Arran Distillery range, this will sell out quickly.  More info
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From the three whiskies in the Isle of Jura Paps range, celebrating the island's mighty mountains. Sacred Mountain was finished in Barolo wine casks.  More info
$162.82
Distilled at Highland Park in 1973, this was bottled in 2009 by Gordon and MacPhail. Fruity and rich.  More info
$237.58
Isle of Jura 1974
(70cl, 44.50%)
From Whyte and Mackay's Rare and Prestige range, this was finished in Gonzalez-Byass Matusalem Oloroso sherry.  More info
$1162.21
A cask strength, straight from the cask bottling of Scapa. This was distilled in 1993 and bottled by Chivas Brothers in 2009.  More info
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A 21 year old Highland Park from Murray McDavid's esteemed Mission series, this was distilled in 1989.  More info
Distilled at a super top secret distillery on Skye (an Island known for its many distilleries, and by many we mean one). This Tactical release was distilled in February 1988, and aged in refill...  More info
A 19 year old single cask Highland Park. This was distilled on the 13th December 1990, and aged in sherry butt number 15696 before bottling at cask strength on the 24th November 2010. A release of 531...  More info
Distilled in 1995, this single cask Highland Park was aged for 15 years before being bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi.  More info
A rare limited release 12 year old Highland Park, created for the Scandinavian market, there are 3,900 bottles of this in the world.  More info
$335.81
A very old, and very rare bottle of Talisker 10, bottled way back when they had maps on the labels. A collector's item for sure…  More info
$167.86
The first ever whisky to be bottled by a blog! This was bottled in May 2011 to mark the 3rd birthday of the renowned Caskstrength.net. Caskstrength.net was founded in early 2008 by two former rival...  More info
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A 15 year old Tobermory, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range at Douglas Laing's preferred drinking strength of 50%.  More info
Released to celebrate 200 years of distilling at the Isle of Jura. This 21 year old was specially selected and finished in a 1963 cask that previously held Gonzalez Byass Oloroso sherry.  More info
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$166.18
Lovely sweetness from the Amoroso sherry casks, this Talisker distillers edition is a wonderful example of the effects of peaty whisky matured in sherry casks.  More info
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