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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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Distilled at Highland Park distillery in 1998 before maturation in a first fill Spanish sherry butt (number 8017). This single cask from Orkney was bottled in 2007 and was only ever released in Japan.  More info
$800.25
A quite spiffy 5 year old Talisker, housed in an equally spiffy ceramic decanter! Part of Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel range. 495 bottles were produced.  More info
$120.67
This is a rare bottling of Highland Park and the first of the Sword Collection. This bottling was only available in Taiwan and the distillery shop.  More info
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$392.74
An Arran from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled in 2000, it was bottled in 2013 following a maturation period spent in refill bourbon casks.  More info
$62.34
Single malt Scotch whisky distilled on the Isle of Arran in September 1996 and bottled 17 years later by Càrn Mòr in February 2014. 319 bottles were produced for the Celebration of the Cask range.  More info
$112.01
Distilled at the Highland Park distillery on Orkney on 8th February 1985 before a 28 year maturation period in cask 374. This single cask whisky from Scotland's northernmost distillery was bottled as...  More info
$287.37
A Signatory bottling of 24 year old Jura single malt Scotch whisky - part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled in December 1989 on the mysterious island, this whisky matured in two bourbon...  More info
$143.56
A smoky, sweet Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in November 1995 and bottled in December 2013 with an outturn of just 332 bottles. Part of the Old...  More info
$164.62
A rare 30 year old whisky bottled by Samaroli Merchants and Bottlers to mark their 30th anniversary, under the supervision of Silvano S. Samaroli himself. Silvano has been selecting casks for bottling...  More info
$1199.35
A single cask release of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. Distilled in September 1996, and with only 206 bottles produced, this is one of...  More info
$145.73
The Tobermory distillery uses the name Ledaig for their peated whisky, which this delicious dram certainly is. Bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range in September 2013 after the...  More info
$103.54
A cracking 7 year old from Carn Mor, taken from 2 casks as part of their Strictly Limited range. Ledaig always shows well at a young age (IMHO(tep is invisible)).  More info
248 bottles were produced from cask 759, a hogshead, where the spirit matured for 25 whole years. Distilled at Highland Park, on Orkney, it was bottled in 2013 by Signatory for their excellent Cask...  More info
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A 22 year old from the Orkney distillery of Highland Park, released by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Matured in a Wine treated Butt, the outturn was 477 bottles.  More info
$162.63
Douglas Laing bottled this 17 year old Highland Park for their Old Particular range of single cask releases that focuses on highly sought after whiskies. We would definitely agree that this one is...  More info
$145.26
A deluxe presentation from The MacPhail's Collection by Gordon & MacPhail, of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 1973 at the distillery on Orkney, matured in a first-fill...  More info
$373.61
Hang on, what's this? It's says this whisky is from the Ledaig Distillery on this bottle produced by Gordon and MacPhail! But that's made at the Tobermory distillery, Ledaig is just the name they use...  More info
$68.66
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A bottle of awesome-looking Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the perfect accompanying read (for beginners and connoisseurs alike). Father's Day? Done.

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A fabulous 16 year old Arran from independent bottlers Douglas Laing. Matured in a single Sherry butt after distillation during the summer of 1996, it was bottled as part of the Provenance range in...  More info
$100.58
Bottled as part of the Old Particular range by Douglas Laing, they're being so very... definite... about what they want from these expressions, no chill filtration and no artificial colouring, just...  More info
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Made at the Tobermory distillery in March 1993 and bottled by Hunter Lang, this single cask release of 20 year old Ledaig has an outturn of 162 bottles.  More info
$144.22
The Old Malt Cask range is now bottled by Hunter Laing after Stewart Laing and his brother split Douglas Laing's assets between them. We have to say that we're delighted to see this excellent range...  More info
$138.95
Bottled by Langside Distillers for the Hepburn's Choice range, this 8 year old Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky is made at the Tobermory distillery. Ledaig is the name they use for their peated...  More info
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$61.87
This was distilled at the Arran distillery on the 11th December 1996 before a maturation in a single sherry cask (number 1963). It was then bottled at cask-strength on the 1st October 2012 and is part...  More info
Released for the European travel retail market, Harald is the third of six no age statement expressions (that go up in price from one to six) in the Warrior series from Highland Park. Harald Fairhair...  More info
$200.79
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