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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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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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$249.32
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
The second release in Highland Park's Valhalla Collection following last year's Thor release. Loki is Thor's adoptive brother, a mischievous soul, possibly even a shape-shifter and certainly an...  More info
$193.00
A cask strength release, from a single bourbon cask created and matured at the Arran distillery on the shores of Lochranza.  More info
$84.65
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
Young & Feisty makes it sound like this might a dog or a rookie cop in an action movie, but in actuality it's a single cask whisky distilled Talisker, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the...  More info
$95.82
Bottled for the Homecoming 2009, Runrig are a folk rock band from the Isle of Skye.  More info
$161.79
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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A marvellous 14 year old Highland Park bottled by Douglas Laing at 46%.  More info
$124.43
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
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 rich, dark single malt whisky from the Isle of Jura, this was distilled in 1976 before a 35 year maturation in a single cask (sherry hogshead number 888). It was bottled at cask-strength by Berry...  More info
$310.62
Highland Park 25 Year Old
(70cl, 48.10%)
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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$211.86
A half bottle of 11 year old, refill sherry matured Scapa, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2004.  More info
This was distilled at Highland Park on the 13th December 1990 before a 20 year maturation in sherry butt 15697 before bottling by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 3rd November 2011...  More info
$94.85
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
Distilled at a super top secret distillery on Skye (an Island known for its many distilleries, and by many we mean one). This Tactical release was distilled in February 1988, and aged in refill...  More info
Highland Park Earl Magnus
(70cl, 52.60%)
Maximum one bottle per customer.
A very special and very limited release from Highland Park; there are just 5,976 bottles of this in the world! This bottle comes specially packaged in old fashioned...  More info
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Distilled in 1970 at the Highland Park distillery and aged in sherry before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 2008.  More info
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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
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
Douglas Laing has bottled this twelve year old Arran for their Provenance range.  More info
$56.72
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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Part of a limited release of just 500 bottles from Highland Park. This was bottled for the St Magnus Festival in 2006 - an art festival founded in 1977 by Orkney's Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. The 2006...  More info
$279.89

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