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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 Isle of Mull blend was launched in 2010 by Neil Morrison and Calum Maclean, both of whom were Tobermory locals. This is a smooth, rich blend with hints of apple crumble. Mmm!  More info
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Distilled at Arran in 1999 and aged for 11 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in 2011. Non chillfiltered and non caramel coloured (thus the name).  More info
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Released as part of Arran's Icons of Arran range (commemorating the symbols of Island life), this 1998 vintage features a picture of Ruaraidh, Arran's beloved Westie. It was made using twenty two...  More info
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A limited release of 263 bottles from cask number 981, this is a rich, spicy Highland Park which was distilled in 1997 and was bottled in 2011 by Adelphi.  More info
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 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
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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
$336.37
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 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 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 21 year old Highland Park from Murray McDavid's esteemed Mission series, this was distilled in 1989.  More info
A 19 year old Highland Park from Signatory. This was distilled on the 17th September 1991 and aged in sherry butt 15114 before bottling on the 26th November 2010. A release of 731 bottles.  More info
A wee bottle of Arran released by Douglas Laing as an advanced sample of their Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$25.15
A cask strength release, from a single bourbon cask created and matured at the Arran distillery on the shores of Lochranza.  More info
$88.50
A delicious 13 year old Highland Park we bottled in 2010, this was distilled in 1997, and aged in a single refill bourbon hogshead. An run of just 281 incredible bottles, at natural cask strength with...  More info
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The second release in the Magnus series from Highland Park, this will sell out before we even finish writing this sentence. It was created to celebrate Saint Magnus, who was described in the...  More info
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An incredibly old Highland Park. This was aged for a whopping 40 years after distillation in 1968. It was aged in a single cask (number 3465) and was bottled as a release of just 177 numbered bottles...  More info
This was distilled in Septmeber 1996 at Highland Park. It was aged for 11 years in refill hogshead 4440 before bottling in June 2008 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of 333 bottles.  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
$130.49
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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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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A 15 year old Tobermory, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range at Douglas Laing's preferred drinking strength of 50%.  More info
A cask strength, 30 year old from Diageo's Special Releases. The Talisker is made by blending refill American and European oak casks together. A release of 3,000 bottles.  More info
A sherry butt matured Highland Park. This was distilled on the 13th December 1990 and aged for 19 years before bottling on the 5th August 2010. A release of 444 bottles from cask number 15698.  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
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