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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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Batch 3 of Isle of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, featuring yet another bright and beautiful hand-drawn illustration on the label. This one shows the artist...  More info
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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
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Arran 10 Year Old
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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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$49.59
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
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Arran are changing pace just a little bit with their third batch of 12 Year Old Cask Strength single malt Scotch whisky. It features a higher percentage of whisky matured in sherry casks than previous...  More info
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Arran 14 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
The 2010 release from Arran, the 14 year old replaces the previous benchmark, the 12. This was finished in fresh bourbon and sherry hogsheads 2 years before it was bottled. The result is a sweet...  More info
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$63.65
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
$77.84
So it seems Berry Bros. & Rudd are getting into whiskies with interesting finishes! This 16 year old Arran single malt, from the Isle of Arran, spent an undisclosed amount of time near the end of its...  More info
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A Strictly Limited bottling of Arran single malt, made possible by Càrn Mòr. It was drawn for 2 hogsheads which matured the whisky for 16 years, from 1997 to 2014. 568 bottles of tasty island whisky...  More info
$100.85
Arran 17 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
This expression is part of a trio released over multiple years, which will culminate in an 18 year old Arran single malt, due to be released in 2015. While you wait, why not enjoy this 17 year old...  More info
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This tasty little rascal comes from the distillery on the Isle of Arran, and was matured for 17 years in one cask, before being bottled by Master of Malt (that's us). It matured in a refill hogshead...  More info
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Independently bottled single malt from the Arran distillery, way out on the Isle of Arran. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPahil for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
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A very special whisky, bottled for the shareholders of the Isle of Arran distillery. The Founder's Reserve is light and gentle, and has notes of sweet, fresh apple.  More info
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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
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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. This expression was released in 2010.  More info
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$62.95
A Premium Single Cask Selection from the Arran way out on the Isle of Arran. This single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in June 1996 and matured in a single bourbon cask all the way until September...  More info
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A single cask bottling from the Arran distillery. This island single malt was distilled in June 1998 and filled into a Sherry cask (#815). In February 2014, the cask was emptied and the whisky became...  More info
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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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$63.68
Batch 2 of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company features the beautiful faces of the crowd that graced us with their presence and helped pick the whisky...  More info
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A special bottling of 10 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, commissioned by The Whisky Connoisseur in 2002 in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. In the whisky world, this is...  More info
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The entry level bottling from Scotland's most northerly distillery, Highland Park, aged for 12 years with plenty of citrus and green notes.  More info
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An Old Particular bottling of 17 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in September 1996 and bottled in April 2014. Drawn from a single hogshead, this coastal, smoky dram should...  More info
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A superb 18 year old from the Highland Park distillery and a winner of a Gold Medal at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  More info
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