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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 in 1996, this is a superb single cask whisky from the Isle of Arran. It was aged in sherry cask number 1968 for 15 years before bottling and there are just 263 bottles.  More info
This 21 year old Highland Park distilled in September 1991 and bottled in May 2013 will feel right at home among the other brilliant releases in Signatory's spectacular Un-Chillfiltered Collection...  More info
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An autumn distillation, this Ledaig may only be 7 years old but these peated malt whiskies produced in Tobermory are excellent at these younger ages. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range, this...  More info
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A very interesting 6 year old Tobermory from Douglas Laing's Provenance range which promotes the effects of season on a finished whisky. This was distilled in the Summer of 2006 and bottled in the...  More info
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An 8 year old from Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail at 8 years of age. A creamy, slightly smoky dram.  More info
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A 1991 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
A 1992 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
A superbly fresh offering from the Isle of Arran distillery, this Connoisseur's Choice bottling from Gordon and MacPhail was distilled in 1998 before being aged for 9 years in sherry casks.  More info
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A half bottle of 11 year old, refill sherry matured Scapa, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2004.  More info
Distilled at Scapa in 1993 and aged in refill sherry casks for 11 years before bottling in 2004.  More info
Distilled in 1990, matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in 2006 by Gordon and MacPhail. Ledaig is the name given to peaty releases from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull.  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
A half bottle of 8 year old Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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A 10 year old bottling to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Isle of Arran distillery. Bottled in an attractive decanter, this release has been limited to 1,200 bottles.  More info
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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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Highland Park 30 Year Old
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A 30 year old from Highland park and a winner of many awards including a Platinum award from the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute.  More info
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The 18 year old was release to replace the Isle of Jura 21, and this was matured in Oloroso sherry and American white oak casks.  More info
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The 10 year old from Isle of Jura, this one has all of the oily, malty, briny flavours you'd expcet from the island distillery.  More info
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A 50 year old blend with a high malt content. This is based on the whiskies of Speyside and Island, with the Isle of Skye's Talisker adding its rich character, a touch of Islay malt too.  More info
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A half bottle of Ian Macleod's 8 year old blend. Great quality, with a good Speyside and Island malt whisky content. Jim Murray describes Isle of Skye 8 as "a textbook blend".  More info
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A blended scotch whisky named for the House of Lords.  More info
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This cask strength from the Isle of Arran distillery comes from a release of just 312 bottles and has been finished for 9 months in a Premier Cru Sauternes cask from Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey.  More info
This Isle of Arran single malt was rather lavishly finished in a Grand Cru Champagne cask and the release has been limited to just 307 bottles. It was awarded a bronze medal in 2005 by Malt Maniacs.  More info
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