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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 Isle of Arran whisky exhibits all of the spicy, malty flavours one associates with Christmas, finished as it was in a cask which previously held Madeira.  More info
$75.72
A single cask Highland park, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled n the 27th June, 1986 and matured in hogshead number 2282 for 22 years before bottling on the 13th January 2009. A release of just...  More info
Arran Jamaican Rum Finish
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An Isle of Arran cask strength release of just 260 bottles, matured in casks which previously held Jamaican rum which has imparted a thick, spicy richness to this single malt.  More info
$82.78
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
The 2008 release of Talisker 30 year old. This was matured in a mix of refill European and American oak casks. An outturn of under 3,000 bottles, each is individually numbered.  More info
A 1991 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
A very special single cask Douglas Laing bottling from a super secret distillery on Skye. We can't tell you which distillery it is though, but it's one that's on Skye, the Isle of Skye, shhh! This was...  More info
Scapa distilled in October of 1993 and bottled in June of 2009 after 15 years spent in a refill hogshead. This was bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt cask range, and is a release of 307 bottles.  More info
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Highland Park 1998 1l
(100cl, 40%)
This was launched in April 2010 for the Travel Retail market, and is a full litre bottling of 1998 vintage Highland Park. Lots of fruit and manuka honey, and aged for 12 years in American bourbon oak.  More info
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$78.04
This was distilled at the Scapa distillery in October 1993 and it was aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 4440 before bottling in June 2008 by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. There...  More info
This was distilled at the Arran distillery in July 1996. It was then aged for 15 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range from Duncan Taylor in July 2011. A...  More info
$99.79
This is a very rare single malt from our Lost Bottlings Series - a range of whiskies bottled many years ago, offering whisky lovers the chance to try spirit from a bygone era. This is a Ledaig - a...  More info
$426.31
Ledaig Sherry Finish
(70cl, 42%)
Peaty releases from the Tobermory distillery are bottled under the name Ledaig (pronounced Led-chig). Ledaig is Gaelic for 'safe haven'. This was finished in sherry casks.  More info
Presented at full cask strength, this 24 year old Highland Park is a revelation from independent bottler Signatory. Distilled in June 1988, it was bottled in October 2012 with an outturn of 743...  More info
$180.00
The 2008 release of Talisker's great 25 year old cask strength whisky. This was matured in a mix of refill American and European oak before bottling as part of an outturn of 6,708 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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$61.96
A 1976 vintage whisky from Jura, matured for 35 years in a single sherry cask before bottling by Berry Bros. & Rudd. A superb sherried whisky from the only distillery on the Isle of Jura.  More info
$352.65
A 2008 limited edition of but 5,670 bottles, this superb whisky from Arran was aged for 8 years in sherry casks before being finished for 9 months in a Sassicaia red wine cask from Tuscany.  More info
12 Year Old single cask Arran, distilled in Autumn 1997 and matured in refill hogshead number 5608 before bottling by Douglas Laing in Autumn 2009.  More info
A single cask bottling of Highland Park, Scotland's highest distillery Signatory bottled this 24 year old as part of their cask strength collection.  More info
$159.73
A single cask from Orkney. This was distilled at Scapa in October 1993 and matured for 16 years in a refill hogshead before bottling January 2010 by Douglas Laing. An outturn of 314 bottles.  More info
This is a twelve year old Arran whisky that has been bottled at a natural cask-strength of 54.1%. The Isle of Arran distillery opened in 1995 and has gone on to produce some, frankly, phenomenal...  More info
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$69.77
A cask strength bottling from the Scapa, distilled in 1992 and aged for 14 years.  More info
A special edition Jura released to celebrate the Islay whisky festival. Aged in a French Limousin oak cask which was chosen by a select group of Jura residents from the distillery's warehouses. It...  More info
$305.63
A punchy cask strength offering from the Isle of Jura distillery. A product of two casks bottled by Signatory.  More info
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$144.07
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