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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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A golden, honey'd and joyfully smoky single cask bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled on the Orkney islands in...  More info
$136.15
Single cask Highland Park whisky, bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. This particular bottling comes from a cask that was laid down in February 1985 and opened in March 2014. 258 bottles of...  More info
$343.49
This is a rare 1970s bottling of 8 year old Isle of Jura pure malt Scotch whisky. That term isn't used all that much any more, so this is a neat little piece of history, especially for those of you...  More info
$302.29
An indie bottling of 21 year old Jura whisky, distilled in 1992, matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in February 2014 by Cadenhead with an outturn of 114 bottles. A top Island distillery and a...  More info
$105.57
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
$117.47
This tasty little rascal comes from the distillery on the Isle of Arran, and was matured for 17 years in one cask, before being bottled by Master of Malt (that's us). It matured in a refill hogshead...  More info
$99.00
A special bottling of 10 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, commissioned by The Whisky Connoisseur in 2002 in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. In the whisky world, this is...  More info
$503.82
Bottled by Langside Distillers for the Hepburn's Choice range, this 8 year old Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky is made at the Tobermory distillery. Ledaig is the name they use for their peated...  More info
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$64.81
Hang on, what's this? It's says this whisky is from the Ledaig Distillery on this bottle produced by Gordon and MacPhail! But that's made at the Tobermory distillery, Ledaig is just the name they use...  More info
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A discontinued Isle of Jura whisky, this 21 year old was a Bronze medal winner at the 2005 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info
$258.47
The Tobermory distillery uses the name Ledaig for their peated whisky, which this delicious dram certainly is. Bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range in September 2013 after the...  More info
$108.46
A blended malt, Poit Dhubh is a mellow, lightly peated whisky that comprises mostly of Talisker, which reflects the fact its parent company, Pràban, is based on the Isle of Skye. The remainder of the...  More info
$45.83
From the famous Orkney distillery, Highland Park, comes this single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in July 2013 for the Mackillop's Choice range, with just 262...  More info
$257.58
Highland Park single malt from February 1985, independently bottled in September 2013 by Montgomerie's for their rare select series. A good chance to get your hands on some well-matured whisky from...  More info
$301.00
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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$57.32
Arran are changing pace just a little bit with their third batch of 12 Year Old Cask Strength single malt Scotch whisky. It features a higher percentage of whisky matured in sherry casks than previous...  More info
$72.82
"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
$145.18
A very special whisky, bottled for the shareholders of the Isle of Arran distillery. The Founder's Reserve is light and gentle, and has notes of sweet, fresh apple.  More info
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$166.70
Rich and full bodied, Arran seems to suit red wine, and this Port Cask finish is testament to that. Great maturity and at 50% for additional complexity.  More info
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$70.42
By Jove, it's an independently bottle Jura single malt! This 7 year whisky is presented in a gorgeous decanter that's covered in alliteration and is described as being subtly smoky, spicy and...  More info
$98.40
Jura's new 30 year old was nicknamed after the Standing Stone (the Carnas an Staca) - the name of the Isle of Jura's eight standing stones. These are the remains of an ancient stone circle which was...  More info
$581.91
The Machrie Moor single malt from Arran is named after a mysterious peat bog on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. The landscape is dotted with standing stones and Bronze Age stone circles. It...  More info
$60.91
Bottled at natural cask strength, this is a superb whisky from Isle of Jura's Boutique Barrels range. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in top-quality bourbon wood.  More info
$115.98
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
$390.44
This was distilled at the Isle of Jura distillery in 1997 before a maturation in refill sherry hogsheads. This is a light, buttery whisky from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. This...  More info
$72.80
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