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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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The 2010 released Amarone finish from Arran. This has a similar style to the brilliant Sassicaia finish. Amarone is dry Italian red made using partially dried Corvina grapes, Rondinella grapes and...  More info
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$64.56
A 12 Year Old blended malt, this was matured in sherry casks, which has brought a lovely sweetness to counteract the peat. Poit Dhubh is Gaelic for "Black Pot", or Illicit Still...  More info
$48.39
Arran 10 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
Officially launched in 2006, this 10 year old lies at the heart of the Isle of Arran range and exudes all the honeyed richness we have come to associate with the island distillery.  More info
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$51.43
After spending 30 years maturing, this Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky has earned the right to be enjoy very slowly, to have every sip savoured. Bottled at a slightly lower abv than previous...  More info
$479.02
The second batch of the Arran Malt 12 Year old Cask Strength enjoyed a maturation in sherry casks, 17 of them first-fill sherry butts and 4 second-fill sherry hogsheads, enhancing the classic Isle of...  More info
$84.96
Goodness gracious! What on Earth has happened here?!? This is worse than that time we went for a nap in the Temple of Time! The boat... the flag... the balloon... the duck(!)... Where has all the fun...  More info
$87.32
Arran 16 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
The oldest release yet from Isle of Arran Distillers and a limited release of 9,000 bottles. Next year a limited edition 17 year old year old will be launched as they count down to the release of an...  More info
$100.85
A restrained and elegant Talisker 30, this really was one of the best of 2011's Special Releases. Its three decades of maturation have produced an elegant and sophisticated whisky.  More info
$482.55
A bottle of Arran's excellent 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky complete with 2 handsome glasses! A gift pack to make anyone smile!  More info
$57.48
Famously described as being "totes amaze", this is a fabulous 35 year old Talisker from Diageo's 2012 Special Releases. It was distilled in 1977 and aged in both refill American oak and European oak...  More info
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$873.58
Talisker 25 Year Old 2011
(70cl, 45.80%)
From Diageo's Special Releases, this 25 year old Talisker was bottled in 2011. These releases are always hotly anticipated and we don't expect it to hang about for long.  More info
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$367.16
Elixirs are said to give life to those who need it, if fantasy fiction is to be believed. While we don't think this Isle of Jura 12 Year Old Elixir has any magical properties (in fact, we're sure of...  More info
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$84.88
A bottle of the excellent 14 year old Arran - released in 2010 to replace the 10 year old. This was finished in a mix of fresh bourbon and sherry hogsheads for two years before bottling, and the...  More info
$78.91
The Arran Malt finished in Sauternes casks. These casks that previously held Bordeaux sweet wine give a honeyed sweetness to the isle of Arran’s only single malt distillery.  More info
$65.28
This is a delicious sherry-matured single malt from the Isle of Jura's Boutique Barrels range. It was distilled in 1993 before a maturation in American white oak. Then it was aged in Oloroso Pasada...  More info
$129.37
An incredibly rare and very collectible whisky bottled for those who invested in the Arran distillery when it was first built. Lochranza is a blend made with a large proportion of malt from the...  More info
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$262.20
The Isle of Jura's new 1977 vintage "Juar" is a spectacular dram which was filled into three first-fill bourbon casks for the initial maturation before a 12 month finish in a ruby port pipe. The...  More info
$1189.73
Single cask whisky from the Orkney distillery of Scapa! Aged for 22 years, this floral and coastal malt bottled by Mackillop's is a real treat.  More info
$280.64
Scapa 25 Year Old
(70cl, 54%)
Part of a limited release of 2,000 bottles of Scapa, distilled in 1980 and aged for 25 years before bottling at cask strength.  More info
$390.76
Bottled at natural cask strength, this is a superb whisky from Isle of Jura's Boutique Barrels range. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in top-quality bourbon wood.  More info
$116.07
The Machrie Moor single malt from Arran is named after a mysterious peat bog on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. The landscape is dotted with standing stones and Bronze Age stone circles. It...  More info
$60.96
Jura's new 30 year old was nicknamed after the Standing Stone (the Carnas an Staca) - the name of the Isle of Jura's eight standing stones. These are the remains of an ancient stone circle which was...  More info
$582.38
Bottled in 2013, this lovely Scapa from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label range was distilled in 2001.  More info
$59.06
By Jove, it's an independently bottle Jura single malt! This 7 year whisky is presented in a gorgeous decanter that's covered in alliteration and is described as being subtly smoky, spicy and...  More info
$98.48
Rich and full bodied, Arran seems to suit red wine, and this Port Cask finish is testament to that. Great maturity and at 50% for additional complexity.  More info
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$70.47
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