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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 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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$325.19
Tobermory 32 Year Old
(70cl, 50.10%)
A limited edition of just 902 bottles, distilled at Tobermory and matured for 32 years in Oloroso sherry butts.  More info
A cask strength, 20 year old from Talisker. A powerful dram, distilled in 1982 and matured in bourbon wood.  More info
A sherry matured, cask strength 20 year old from the Isle of Skye Talisker distillery, distilled in 1981.  More info
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Briny, Citrussy Malt - absolutely delicious. This is a truly enveloping whisky from the Isle of Arran.  More info
A rare half-bottle of 1985 Highland Park from the Signatory range.  More info
A 20cl bottle the wonderful Talisker 10 with a pair of branded tasting glasses in a handsome presentation case. Talisker produce a truly volcanic Island single malt.  More info
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
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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This was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition. Poit Dhubh (pronounced Potch Goo) is Gaelic for Black Pot, a name for an illicit still. This is a blended malt.  More info
$93.33
Highland Park Capella
(70cl, 40%)
A limited release and now rare release from Highland Park. Capella is a nutty, sherried dram from Orkney.  More info
A single cask Highland park, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled n the 27th June, 1986 and matured in hogshead number 2282 for 22 years before bottling on the 13th January 2009. A release of just...  More info
This single sherry cask from Arran was distilled on the 9th September 1996 and bottled on the 15th June 2009. A release of 280 bottles from cask number 1287.  More info
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Arran 12 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
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
$56.99
Independently bottled single cask Talisker, matured in a refill hogshead for 6 years. The distillery on the Isle of Skye filled the cask in 2008 and left it to age until it was opened for Hepburn's...  More info
$75.93
From the Isle of Mull comes an 18 year old Tobermory single malt Scotch whisky, as bottled by the folks at Douglas Laing. This single cask release was distilled in February 1996 and left to age in a...  More info
$135.28
From Diageo's Special Releases, this 25 year old Talisker, bottled at cask strength in 2009. Part of a release of 5,862 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
A 17 year old Ledaig (peated malt from Tobermory). This was distilled on the 31st March 1993 and matured for 17 years in two hogsheads (casks 418 and 419) before bottling on the 27th May 2010. A...  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
A single cask, cask strength malt from Highland Park. This was distilled on the 13th December 1990 and matured in sherry butt number 15692 for 18 years before bottling on the 23rd March 2009. A...  More info
A single cask Island malt from the Isle of Jura. This was distilled on the 6th October 1997, matured for 11 years in refill butt number 9211 before bottling by Signatory on the 2nd March 2009. A...  More info
A rare, discontinued of Highland Park 12, these are very hard to find.  More info
A wonderful single cask Highland Park, distilled in 1968 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Peerless collection.  More info
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