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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 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
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A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the MacPhail's Collection. This Island beauty was distilled in 1988 and sat dormant in oak until 2013, when...  More info
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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
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7 year old single malt whisky from the Jura distillery on the island which George Orwell once described as 'extremely ungetatable'. We imagine it has become much more getatable these days. Either way...  More info
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Single cask 24 year old Highland Park single malt, bottled by Càrn Mòr as part of a very special Celebration of the Cask Black Gold series. If you couldn't already tell from the picture, it was...  More info
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Looking for something a bit different? Well how about a Signatory bottling of cask strength Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky matured in a wine treated butt for 23 years? It was distilled in...  More info
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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
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Hunter Laing, you are talking our language with your Old Malt Cask range, especially when you release single malt whiskies like this single cask...  More info
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Bottled in 2013, this lovely Scapa from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label range was distilled in 2001.  More info
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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
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An indie bottling of peated single malt from the Tobermory distillery, released under the Ledaig name (as all their peated whiskies are). It was distilled in 1997 and matured in 2 hogshead casks for...  More info
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An indie bottling of 21 year old Jura whisky, distilled in 1992, matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in February 2014 by Cadenhead with an outturn of 114 bottles. A top Island distillery and a...  More info
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Produced by the Isle of Jura, this is a lovely 1999 vintage which was distilled from heavily peated malt. It was aged in top-quality American oak up until 2006, at which time it was finished in...  More info
A fantastic chance to get your hands on a bottle of 22 year old Highland Park single cask whisky, which has been aged in a wine treated butt. A stunning single malt, bottled by the ever-brilliant...  More info
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A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled at cask strength. This smoky, island expression was distilled in 2005 and left to mature in first fill bourbon barrels...  More info
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A 1993 vintage Ledaig finished for 40 months in Saint-Joseph wine casks as part of a 19 year maturation period and bottled as part of the Private Collection from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
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Cadenhead's Authentic Collection is a fantastic selection of independently bottled, well aged whiskies, just like this 28 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled in 1985 and...  More info
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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
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What a dram! Every year Diageo offer up some "special releases". These are limited edition, cask strength bottles, rare and often stunning! This Talisker is part of a release of 3,000 bottles, sure to...  More info
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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
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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
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We've bottled just 274 bottles of this superb Tobermory at 17 years of age from a single refill hogshead. This peppery, spicy whisky was distilled on the 26th April 1995 before bottling on the 26th...  More info
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Ooh, a 16 year old Ledaig! This is peated single malt from the Tobermory distillery, whom also produce unpeated single malt (released under the Tobermory name). This was bottled by WM Cadenhead for...  More info
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Distilled in 2004, this is a very interesting whisky from the Isle of Arran. Unusually for the distillery, this was distilled from peated malt, with a peating level of 14PPM. This is the third batch.  More info
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A Signatory bottling from Isle of Jura for the Cask Strength Collection. This heavily peated single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in December 1989. It slumbered in a bourbon barrel until October...  More info
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