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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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$28.76
Ledaig Single Malt
(70cl, 42%)
A light hued single malt from the Tobermory distillery on Mull. Ledaig represents peated single malt from the distillery.  More info
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$33.43
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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$36.94
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
$44.29
A core bottling from the Isle of Jura's only distillery. This 10 year old has exhibits the distillery's classic oily, briny characteristics.  More info
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$44.47
An 8 year old Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for the MacPahil's collection. It matured in sherry butts and bourbon barrels. Orkney whisky ahoy!  More info
$44.60
A single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery, celebrating the famed Scottish poet, Robert Burns. This bottling is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation, it is said that Burns held...  More info
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$46.58
Arran 10 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
Officially launched in 2006, this 10 year old lies at the heart of the Isle of Arran range and exudes all the honeyed richness we have come to associate with the island distillery.  More info
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$48.54
The entry level bottling from Scotland's most northerly distillery, Highland Park, aged for 12 years with plenty of citrus and green notes.  More info
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$49.66
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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$51.04
Ledaig 10 Year Old
(70cl, 46.30%)
A 10 year old from the Tobermory distillery on Mull, a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info
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$51.95
A bottle of Arran's excellent 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky complete with 2 handsome glasses! A gift pack to make anyone smile!  More info
$55.51
Independently bottled single malt from the Arran distillery, way out on the Isle of Arran. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPahil for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
$55.67
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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$55.85
Elixirs are said to give life to those who need it, if fantasy fiction is to be believed. While we don't think this Isle of Jura 12 Year Old Elixir has any magical properties (in fact, we're sure of...  More info
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$58.44
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. This expression was released in 2010.  More info
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$60.62
Arran 14 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
The 2010 release from Arran, the 14 year old replaces the previous benchmark, the 12. This was finished in fresh bourbon and sherry hogsheads 2 years before it was bottled. The result is a sweet...  More info
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$62.31
The 2010 released Amarone finish from Arran. This has a similar style to the brilliant Sassicaia finish. Amarone is dry Italian red made using partially dried Corvina grapes, Rondinella grapes and...  More info
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$62.34
7 year old single malt whisky from the Jura distillery on the island which George Orwell once described as 'extremely ungetatable'. We imagine it has become much more getatable these days. Either way...  More info
$62.63
The Arran Malt finished in Sauternes casks. These casks that previously held Bordeaux sweet wine give a honeyed sweetness to the isle of Arran’s only single malt distillery.  More info
$63.04
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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$63.46
A cracking 7 year old from Carn Mor, taken from 2 casks as part of their Strictly Limited range. Ledaig always shows well at a young age (IMHO(tep is invisible)).  More info
$67.00
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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$72.14
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
$72.22
Batch 3 of Isle of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, featuring yet another bright and beautiful hand-drawn illustration on the label. This one shows the artist...  More info
$72.95
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