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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 was distilled in Septmeber 1996 at Highland Park. It was aged for 11 years in refill hogshead 4440 before bottling in June 2008 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of 333 bottles.  More info
An incredibly old Highland Park. This was aged for a whopping 40 years after distillation in 1968. It was aged in a single cask (number 3465) and was bottled as a release of just 177 numbered bottles...  More info
The second release in the Magnus series from Highland Park, this will sell out before we even finish writing this sentence. It was created to celebrate Saint Magnus, who was described in the...  More info
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$196.69
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 cask strength release, from a single bourbon cask created and matured at the Arran distillery on the shores of Lochranza.  More info
$82.78
A wee bottle of Arran released by Douglas Laing as an advanced sample of their Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$23.52
A 19 year old Highland Park from Signatory. This was distilled on the 17th September 1991 and aged in sherry butt 15114 before bottling on the 26th November 2010. A release of 731 bottles.  More info
A peated whisky from Arran! The Machrie Moor is a peat bog on the western part of the Isle of Arran, and the dog on the bottle is called Bran!  More info
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$60.59
A 21 year old Highland Park from Murray McDavid's esteemed Mission series, this was distilled in 1989.  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
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
Distilled in 1995, this single cask Highland Park was aged for 15 years before being bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi.  More info
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A rare limited release 12 year old Highland Park, created for the Scandinavian market, there are 3,900 bottles of this in the world.  More info
$314.62
A very old, and very rare bottle of Talisker 10, bottled way back when they had maps on the labels. A collector's item for sure…  More info
$157.27
The first ever whisky to be bottled by a blog! This was bottled in May 2011 to mark the 3rd birthday of the renowned Caskstrength.net. Caskstrength.net was founded in early 2008 by two former rival...  More info
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Distilled at the Highland Park distillery in 1987 before a maturation period spent in refill bourbon barrels, this Orkney single malt was bottled in 2012 by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their...  More info
$125.89
This is a sweet, fruity whisky from the Isle of Arran and it was aged in a single cask (a refill sherry hogshead). The cask was laid down on the 13th June 1996, aged for 16 years and bottled on the...  More info
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A limited release of 263 bottles from cask number 981, this is a rich, spicy Highland Park which was distilled in 1997 and was bottled in 2011 by Adelphi.  More info
Released as part of Arran's Icons of Arran range (commemorating the symbols of Island life), this 1998 vintage features a picture of Ruaraidh, Arran's beloved Westie. It was made using twenty two...  More info
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Distilled at Arran in 1999 and aged for 11 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in 2011. Non chillfiltered and non caramel coloured (thus the name).  More info
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The Isle of Mull blend was launched in 2010 by Neil Morrison and Calum Maclean, both of whom were Tobermory locals. This is a smooth, rich blend with hints of apple crumble. Mmm!  More info
$34.54
The final release in the cult-favourite, uber-collectable collection from Highland Park: "the Magnus series". Earl Haakon was a character in the Orkney Inga Saga, who murdered his cousin, Magnus (the...  More info
A beautiful 12 year old Highland Park bottled for the Alchemist. Malty, briny and full of heather honey. We love it.  More info
Distilled at Tobermory in 1994, this was aged in a bourbon cask of 16 years, some of which time was spent in Islay at the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was bottled by Murray McDavid. A release of...  More info
Distilled at the Highland Park on the 30th June 1987, this was aged in two hogsheads for 23 years, before bottling on the 25th November 2010. A release of 611 bottles.  More info

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