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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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Arran 12 Year Old
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A relatively limited release, the distillery is only young and doesn't have large stocks of older whisky! This 12 year old Arran offers a good sherry character. Creamy and rich.  More info
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A smooth, buttery blended whisky with notes of Apple crumble. This was created in 2010 by two locals living on Mull. This is a 1.5l bottle.  More info
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A 2000 vintage distilled at Scapa on Orkney, This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2011.  More info
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Distilled in 1990, matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in 2006 by Gordon and MacPhail. Ledaig is the name given to peaty releases from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull.  More info
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This was distilled from peated malt at the Tobermory distillery in Mull. It was aged in a sherry cask and taken to Bruichladdich were it was bottled in 2011. There are 1,500 bottles of this stuff...  More info
Replacing the now exhausted stock of the 1996, this distillers' edition is perhaps even better than the one it replaces. Finished in Amoroso Sherry butts for great depth of flavour.  More info
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A 9 year old whisky from the Isle of Jura, bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This stuff was distilled in Spring of 2003, aged in a single refill hogshead and bottled in Spring of 2012...  More info
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A 17 year old from the famed Orcadian distillery Highland Park. This was bottled for Cadenhead's new range of non-chillfiltered whiskies without any colouring added - just pure unadulterated whisky.  More info
This is part two in the very handsome looking Icons of Arran series. This features a Rowan Tree, a tree whose dense wood is suitable for both walking stick manufacture, and magician's staves.  More info
A peated whisky from Arran! The Machrie Moor is a peat bog on the western part of the Isle of Arran, and the dog on the bottle is called Bran!  More info
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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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This is a delicious 9 year old from the Isle of Jura. It was distilled in Spring 2003 before a maturation in a refill hogshead. It was then bottled for the Provenance range.  More info
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A bourbon cask aged Tobermory, this was distilled on the Isle of Mull in 1994 and aged for 15 years before bottling at Bruichladdich in 2009 for Murray McDavid. A release of 1,100 bottles.  More info
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Rare single cask Highland Park, distilled on the 17th September 1991 and matured for 18 years in a sherry butt before bottling on the 13th November 2009 by Signatory. A release of 787 bottles.  More info
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 12 year old Highland Park distilled in the Winter of 1996, and bottled in Spring of 2009 by Douglas Laing. This was matured in a single cask, refill hogshead number 5191.  More info
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