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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 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
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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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 wonderful 2004 vintage from the Isle of Arran distillery, this little gem was distilled using Bere barley (a very old strain of barley which has been used traditionally for centuries) grown on...  More info
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A rich, fruity offering from the Isle of Arran distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1998 and matured in sherry casks before being bottled at cask strength in 2007.  More info
A 14 year old from the Isle of Arran. This distilled in March 1998 and bottled in May 2012. This is Batch 0001 from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info
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An autumn distillation, this Ledaig may only be 7 years old but these peated malt whiskies produced in Tobermory are excellent at these younger ages. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range, this...  More info
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A 16 year old Jura, selected by Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich's Master Distiller. This was aged in bourbon barrels and finished in port casks before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery as part of an...  More info
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This cask strength from the Isle of Arran distillery comes from a release of just 312 bottles and has been finished for 9 months in a Premier Cru Sauternes cask from Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey.  More info
Only 7980 bottles of this Arran single malt were released. Matured for 8 years in an ex-bourbon cask, this whisky enjoyed a further 9 months to finish in a Fino sherry cask from Valdespino.  More info
Bottled in 2005, this single malt from the Arran distillery enjoyed maturation in a sherry cask before being finished in a first fill Port cask for superb fruity complexity. A release of 888 bottles...  More info
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The volcanic power of Talisker caressed with the juicy, fruity character of an Amroso sherry cask. This 1996 distillers edition is superb, particularly in balance, with a tarry, thick mouthfeel...  More info
12 year old peated whisky from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Ledaig was actually a previous name for the distillery. This was distilled in March of 1997 and aged in a butt number...  More info
A Speciality Drinks bottling of Highland Park, distilled in 1995 and matured in two hogsheads (numbers 470 and 471) for 13 years before bottling in April 2009. An outturn of 770 bottles.  More info
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The second batch of the Arran Malt 12 Year old Cask Strength enjoyed a maturation in sherry casks, 17 of them first-fill sherry butts and 4 second-fill sherry hogsheads, enhancing the classic Isle of...  More info
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Very unusual to find a peated Arran, this was distilled on the 12th December 2005 and aged in a bourbon cask. Oddly, they bottled it on the 7th December 2009 - just 5 days away from this whisky's 4th...  More info
A 1993 vintage Ledaig finished for 40 months in Saint-Joseph wine casks as part of a 19 year maturation period and bottled as part of the Private Collection from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
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This Isle of Arran whisky exhibits all of the spicy, malty flavours one associates with Christmas, finished as it was in a cask which previously held Madeira.  More info
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This Isle of Arran single malt enjoyed maturation in ex-sherry cask before being finished in a Port cask. A rare release, an outturn of just 825 bottles, bottled in 2004.  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
A single cask Highland Park, distilled on the 30th June 1987 and matured for 22 years in hogshead number 1540 before bottling by Signatory on the 5th November 2009. A release of 341 individually...  More info
This was distilled at the Scapa distillery in October 1993 and it was aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 4440 before bottling in June 2008 by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. There...  More info
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This was launched in April 2010 for the Travel Retail market, and is a full litre bottling of 1998 vintage Highland Park. Lots of fruit and manuka honey, and aged for 12 years in American bourbon oak.  More info
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Scapa distilled in October of 1993 and bottled in June of 2009 after 15 years spent in a refill hogshead. This was bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt cask range, and is a release of 307 bottles.  More info
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Distilled at Highland Park in 1995, and aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in Château Lafite casks. This was bottled for Murray McDavid at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. A release of 1,900...  More info
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