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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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The beautiful 2000 vintage Talisker Distillers Edition, finished in Amoroso sherry casks, mixing Talisker's signature peppery peat with juicy sherry.  More info
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$118.93
This 21 year old Highland Park distilled in September 1991 and bottled in May 2013 will feel right at home among the other brilliant releases in Signatory's spectacular Un-Chillfiltered Collection...  More info
$109.95
This is a twelve year old Arran whisky that has been bottled at a natural cask-strength of 54.1%. The Isle of Arran distillery opened in 1995 and has gone on to produce some, frankly, phenomenal...  More info
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$72.82
A hugely well-aged Highland Park - an amazing 21 years old from Signatory. 758 bottles were produced from this single cask as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection.  More info
$101.33
Bottled as part of the Old Particular range by Douglas Laing, they're being so very... definite... about what they want from these expressions, no chill filtration and no artificial colouring, just...  More info
$143.77
A single cask release of 14 year old Highland Park single malt. Distilled in June 1998 and bottled in March 2013, two months before the assets from Douglas Laing were split between Fred and Stewart...  More info
$131.85
This is a fifteen year old bottling of Isle of Mull distillers' Tobermory single malt whisky from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings...  More info
$108.39
Distilled in 1996, this is a superb single cask whisky from the Isle of Arran. It was aged in sherry cask number 1968 for 15 years before bottling and there are just 263 bottles.  More info
A 23-Year-old single cask Highland Park, bottled by Mackillop's Choice.  More info
This is a single cask Arran from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in January 1997 before a 15 year maturation in a refill hogshead. It was bottled in late 2012 and there are just...  More info
$110.40
A punchy cask strength offering from the Isle of Jura distillery. A product of two casks bottled by Signatory.  More info
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$150.37
A marvellous 14 year old Highland Park bottled by Douglas Laing at 46%.  More info
$129.87
This is a delicious 9 year old from the Isle of Jura. It was distilled in Spring 2003 before a maturation in a refill hogshead. It was then bottled for the Provenance range.  More info
$64.81
Presented at full cask strength, this 24 year old Highland Park is a revelation from independent bottler Signatory. Distilled in June 1988, it was bottled in October 2012 with an outturn of 743...  More info
$187.87
This is the very first batch of delicious Isle of Arran single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It boasts a malt, almost coconut-like, coastal flavour and comes bearing a wonderful comic...  More info
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Part of a release of 768 bottles from the Isle of Jura. This Elements expression is dedicated to air, the air used to season the oak casks and their porosity (oh yeah!). The distillers describe them...  More info
$193.75
Young & Feisty makes it sound like this might a dog or a rookie cop in an action movie, but in actuality it's a single cask whisky distilled Talisker, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the...  More info
$100.01
An autumn distillation, this Ledaig may only be 7 years old but these peated malt whiskies produced in Tobermory are excellent at these younger ages. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range, this...  More info
$76.55
Released at Fèis Ìle 2013 (the Islay whisky festival), this special release is from the Isle of Jura distillery, just across the water. A single cask release of 663 numbered bottles.

It is triple...  More info
$260.22
A Speciality Drinks bottling of Highland Park, distilled in 1995 and matured in two hogsheads (numbers 470 and 471) for 13 years before bottling in April 2009. An outturn of 770 bottles.  More info
$77.29
This is a sixteen year old Highland Park bottled by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company from cask number 1483.  More info
A 16 year old single malt from Mull, this was distilled at the Tobermory, known for its minty, malty style of whisky. This was bottled by Alchemist.  More info
$98.71
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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$64.67
A rich, dark single malt whisky from the Isle of Jura, this was distilled in 1976 before a 35 year maturation in a single cask (sherry hogshead number 888). It was bottled at cask-strength by Berry...  More info
$324.21
This is an exquisite single cask Highland Park from Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum Selection. It was distilled in December 1984 before a maturation in a refill hogshead, and it was bottled in...  More info
$472.98
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