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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 Scapa in 1993 and aged in refill sherry casks for 11 years before bottling in 2004.  More info
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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Highland Park 25 Year Old
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The lowest strength of the Highland Park 25 olds, this bottling is amongst their finest, with as much balance as a blindfolded tightrope walker on dental floss. Lovely heather honey character.  More info
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Highland Park 30 Year Old
(70cl, 48.10%)
A 30 year old from Highland park and a winner of many awards including a Platinum award from the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute.  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
The 10 year old from Isle of Jura, this one has all of the oily, malty, briny flavours you'd expcet from the island distillery.  More info
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Released at Fèis Ìle 2013 (the Islay whisky festival), this special release is from the Isle of Jura distillery, just across the water. A single cask release of 663 numbered bottles.

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Ledaig 1972
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A cask strength single malt from the Tobermory distillery, distilled in 1972 and finished in Oloroso sherry butts. Ledaig is the name for peated whisky from the distillery on Mull, the name is...  More info
Ledaig Sherry Finish
(70cl, 42%)
Peaty releases from the Tobermory distillery are bottled under the name Ledaig (pronounced Led-chig). Ledaig is Gaelic for 'safe haven'. This was finished in sherry casks.  More info
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A cask strength bottling from the Scapa, distilled in 1992 and aged for 14 years.  More info
We look forward to this avidly every year, another great annual release of 25 year old Talisker, this cask strength was released in 2007 and offers a touch more sherry than other editions. Part of an...  More info
The 2008 release of Talisker 30 year old. This was matured in a mix of refill European and American oak casks. An outturn of under 3,000 bottles, each is individually numbered.  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
This was released to commemorate Talisker's 175th Birthday in 2005. This is part of a release of 60,000 bottles, crafted by Diageo's Maureen Robinson. This special anniversary edition contains...  More info
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A vintage release from the Talisker distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1993 and finished in Amoroso sherry casks. A great example from Diageo's range of distillers editions.  More info
An intense rollercoaster ride of spice and chilli heat. We love the annual Talisker 25 release, and this, 2004's, is as great as ever!  More info
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Part of Talisker's yearly release of 30 year olds, all of which have been fantastic, and really well-received. This is the 2007 release, matured in a mix of refill American and European oak.  More info
The 2008 release of Talisker's great 25 year old cask strength whisky. This was matured in a mix of refill American and European oak before bottling as part of an outturn of 6,708 bottles.  More info
A great natural cask strength 25 year old from Talisker. This was matured in refill American Oak casks and released in 2006. Highly recommended.  More info
Always a highly anticipated special release from Diageo, this 25 year old Talisker was released in 2005 at cask strength, part of an outturn of 15,600 bottles.  More info
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Tobermory 32 Year Old
(70cl, 50.10%)
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