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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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From the Arran distillery, this was blended in honour of Scotland's favourite poet - Robert Burns and this is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation no less.  More info
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$30.10
Scapa 16 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
This 16 year old from Orkney's Scapa was relaunched in 2008.  More info
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$85.42
Bottled in 2013, this lovely Scapa from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label range was distilled in 2001.  More info
$59.70
Single cask whisky from the Orkney distillery of Scapa! Aged for 22 years, this floral and coastal malt bottled by Mackillop's is a real treat.  More info
$283.65
Scapa 25 Year Old
(70cl, 54%)
Part of a limited release of 2,000 bottles of Scapa, distilled in 1980 and aged for 25 years before bottling at cask strength.  More info
$394.95
Talisker 10 Year Old
(70cl, 45.80%)
A classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye. Always highly rated, this was an Editor's Choice at Whisky Magazine. Lots of spice and fresh, tangy peat.  More info
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$56.62
This gift pack contains a bottle of mighty Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky and two glasses with a rounded base so that they do not tip over when used on boats (very handy).  More info
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$79.67
This gift set features a full bottle of Talikser 10 Year Old, a well-loved favourite from the Isle of Skye, and two Talisker glasses with round bases which won't tumble over when drinking whisky while...  More info
$79.67
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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$89.61
This is the award-winning 2001 vintage Talisker from the popular Distillers Edition range. It sees the peppery, peaty dram from Skye finished in top-quality Amoroso sherry casks before bottling. This...  More info
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$96.90
Talisker 25 Year Old 2011
(70cl, 45.80%)
From Diageo's Special Releases, this 25 year old Talisker was bottled in 2011. These releases are always hotly anticipated and we don't expect it to hang about for long.  More info
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$373.65
A restrained and elegant Talisker 30, this really was one of the best of 2011's Special Releases. Its three decades of maturation have produced an elegant and sophisticated whisky.  More info
$487.73
A 2012 bottling of Talisker's 30 year old, massively satisfying single malt from the distillery on the Isle of Skye. Also, the box is jazzier than previous 30 year old releases! Nice! 3,186 bottles...  More info
$610.63
Talisker 57° North
(70cl, 57%)
A cask strength bottling from the Talisker distillery, bearing no age statement. This was named for the Isle of Skye sits on the line of latitude 57 Degrees North.  More info
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$96.37
Independently bottled single cask Talisker, matured in a refill hogshead for 6 years. The distillery on the Isle of Skye filled the cask in 2008 and left it to age until it was opened for Hepburn's...  More info
$78.52
Talisker Port Ruighe
(70cl, 45.80%)
The second new no age statement release in quick succession following Talisker Storm in early 2013. Port Ruighe (pronounced Portree, as in the largest town on the Isle of Skye), is finished in Port...  More info
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$75.51
Talisker Storm
(70cl, 45.80%)
Talisker Storm is a new no age statement whisky released at the beginning of 2013. It offers up plenty of distillery character alongside some smokier depth and complexity.  More info
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$66.42
The Gaelic Whisky Company are renowned for being independent through-and-through and produce whisky for whisky's sake. Rumour has it they are constructing a distillery on the Isle of Skye which will...  More info
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$38.66
Tobermory 10 Year Old
(70cl, 46.30%)
A gentle, affable 10 year old single malt from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Now at the higher strength of 46.3%...  More info
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$53.43
Tobermory 15 Year Old
(70cl, 46.30%)
A 15 year old from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull, this was matured in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso sherry casks.  More info
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$111.49
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"That bottled a gorgeous 16 year old Tobermory single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single Sherry butt from June 1996 to April...  More info
$111.75
A top Tobermory, bottled with love and attention by our careful hands. The cask this release came from was filled by the distillery on the Isle of Mull in November 1995. For 18 years, the whisky...  More info
$118.83
From the Isle of Mull comes an 18 year old Tobermory single malt Scotch whisky, as bottled by the folks at Douglas Laing. This single cask release was distilled in February 1996 and left to age in a...  More info
$139.90
"No chill filtration. No colouring. No nonsense."

Hunter Laing, you are talking our language with your Old Malt Cask range, especially when you release single malt whiskies like this single cask...  More info
$146.86
Goodness gracious! What on Earth has happened here?!? This is worse than that time we went for a nap in the Temple of Time! The boat... the flag... the balloon... the duck(!)... Where has all the fun...  More info
$88.25
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