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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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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
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Highland Park, left at natural cask strength. This was matured in first fill and refill sherry hogsheads, and offers a full body and plenty of Orkney character.  More info
Arran 100 Proof
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A '100 Proof' cask strength edition from the 1993-founded Isle of Arran distillery and Whisky Magazine's Scottish Distiller of the Year 2007.  More info
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A release of just 325 bottles of 13 year old Highland Park, distilled in September 1996 and bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range in January 2010.  More info
This is the very first batch of Tobermory single malt whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a stunning cask-strength dram with a wonderful cult graphic-novel-style label inspired by the...  More info
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The 18 year old was release to replace the Isle of Jura 21, and this was matured in Oloroso sherry and American white oak casks.  More info
A superb whisky, released to celebrate Arran's 15th anniversary. This was distilled in 1999 and finished in Amontillado sherry casks before bottling in Spring 2010 as part of a release of 5,460...  More info
A 14 year old from one of Orkney's brace of distilleries (the other being Highland Park). This was distilled at Scapa in October 1993 and aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 3888 before...  More info
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This was distilled at the Isle of Jura distillery in 1997 before a maturation in refill sherry hogsheads. This is a light, buttery whisky from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. This...  More info
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A stunning Ledaig bottled in July of 2013 at a natural cask strength of 61.90%. It’s only been in the cask for 7 years but you wouldn't know it if you tasted this one blind because it's just great –...  More info
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This Isle of Arran single malt was rather lavishly finished in a Grand Cru Champagne cask and the release has been limited to just 307 bottles. It was awarded a bronze medal in 2005 by Malt Maniacs.  More info
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Arran Jamaican Rum Finish
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An Isle of Arran cask strength release of just 260 bottles, matured in casks which previously held Jamaican rum which has imparted a thick, spicy richness to this single malt.  More info
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Billed as "an aromatically attractive Arran malt bottling" - and there was us thinking that learning about alliteration at school would never be useful in life. This is part of a Douglas Laing's...  More info
A release of 677 bottles of Tobermory matured in sherry butt number 5993. This was distilled in February 1996 and bottled in March of 2010 by Douglas Laing.  More info
This is an astounding single cask whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery. It was distilled on the 8th August 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a first-fill sherry puncheon. We bottled it on the...  More info
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$84.61
A cask strength, straight from the cask bottling of Scapa. This was distilled in 1993 and bottled by Chivas Brothers in 2009.  More info
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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
A cask strength release, from a single bourbon cask created and matured at the Arran distillery on the shores of Lochranza.  More info
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