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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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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
A 21 year old Highland Park from Murray McDavid's esteemed Mission series, this was distilled in 1989.  More info
Distilled at Arran in 1996, this was aged in a sherry cask for 11 years before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery by Murray McDavid in 2008. A release of 2,100 bottles.  More info
A rare, discontinued of Highland Park 12, these are very hard to find.  More info
This is a sixteen year old Highland Park bottled by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company from cask number 1483.  More info
A sublime 30 year old, an instant sell out when this was released in 2006. Just develops and develops, a classic Talisker.  More info
Bottled as part of Douglas Laing's premium (and very handsomely packaged) Director's Cut range, this stellar malt was distilled in 1984 before a 27 year maturation in a single cask. A really...  More info
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This was distilled at Highland Park on the 27th June 1986, before ageing for 24 years in a single hogshead. Bottled by Signatory on the 17th January 2011. A release of 216 bottles.  More info
A blended scotch whisky named for the House of Lords.  More info
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Distilled on the 13th December 1990 and aged for 19 years in sherry butt number 156595 before bottling on the 6th April 2010. A release of 254 individually numbered, cask strength bottles of Highland...  More info
Distilled at Highland Park on the 13th December 1990, this was filled into sherry butt 15699 and aged for 20 years before bottling at cask strength by Signatory on the 20th June 2011. A release of 417...  More info
The stupendous first bottling in Highland Park's Valhalla Collection, showcasing Orkney's Scandinavian connections. This first edition was made in honour of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder and supposed...  More info
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A single cask Highland Park, distilled on the 30th June 1987 and matured for 22 years in hogshead number 1540 before bottling by Signatory on the 5th November 2009. A release of 341 individually...  More info
Distilled at the Highland Park distillery on the 15th September 1994 and aged in hogshead 122051 before bottling on the 20th September 2010. A cask strength release from the new Carn Mor range.  More info
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A incredibly good whisky which was launched in March 2010 for the travel retail market, Highland Park Leif Eriksson was released to celebrate the first European to reach America over a thousand years...  More info
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$122.73
This single cask Highland Park was distilled on the 17th September 1991, and it was aged in sherry butt number 15116 before bottling un-chillfiltered by Signatory on the 6th October 2011. A release of...  More info
$106.08
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
Duncan Taylor bottled this 14 year old Jura at a full 54% abv in October 2012.  More info
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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 Highland Park distillery on the 13th December 1990 before 21 years in sherry butt 15694. It was bottled on the 9th January 2012, and there are 395 numbered decanter bottles...  More info
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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
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A great natural cask strength 25 year old from Talisker. This was matured in refill American Oak casks and released in 2006. Highly recommended.  More info
A lovely whisky with a very cool story behind it, here's a précis of it: Highland Park launched their first '77 Bicentenary in 1998 and it sold out immediately. The only bottles not sold were set...  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
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Bottled for the Homecoming 2009, Runrig are a folk rock band from the Isle of Skye.  More info
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