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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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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
$130.28
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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$124.26
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
A 23 year old single cask from one of Scotland's most prestigious distilleries, Highland Park. This was distilled in May of 1984 and aged in a refill butt before bottling by Douglas Laing in August of...  More info
A beautiful single cask Highland Park distilled on the 5th March 1992 and aged in cask 1233 before bottling by Montgomerie's in June of 2007.  More info
$107.40
Bottled in November 2005, this Isle of Arran cask strength release spent time in a Montepulciano D'Abruzzo cask and was limited to just 315 bottles.  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 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
A sublime 30 year old, an instant sell out when this was released in 2006. Just develops and develops, a classic Talisker.  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
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
Aged in remade refill hogsheads and distilled at the Tobermory distillery in 1994, this is a peated "Ledaig" described by bottlers Gordon and MacPhail as having a "subtle, sweet and smooth" style.  More info
$67.93
Distilled at Arran in September 1996 and matured in a refill puncheon for 12 years before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in December 2008. Part of a release of 687 bottles.  More info
A single cask Island malt from the Isle of Jura. This was distilled on the 6th October 1997, matured for 11 years in refill butt number 9211 before bottling by Signatory on the 2nd March 2009. A...  More info
A release of just 684 bottles from the Isle of Jura Elements series. Each "Element" displays a different part of distillation. In this instance, Fire reflects the charred bourbon cask this 1998...  More info
$129.84
A single malt from the Arran distillery finished for six months in casks which previously held Premier Cru Vosne Romanée red wine from Domaine Guyon in the Bourgogne region of France.  More info
A 15 year old Tobermory, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range at Douglas Laing's preferred drinking strength of 50%.  More info
A beautiful single cask Arran distilled in Winter of 1997, aged for 13 years in a refill butt and bottled in Autumn of 2011 for the Provenance range. Spiced and flavoursome!  More info
$71.90
Distilled at Highland Park in 1973, this was bottled in 2009 by Gordon and MacPhail. Fruity and rich.  More info
$237.58
Distilled at Highland Park on the 13th December 1990, this was aged for 20 years in sherry butt number 15693 before bottling by Signatory on the 13th May 2011. A release of 281 bottles.  More info
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