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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
$70.22
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
A 10 year old single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery, this fine whisky boasts the acclaim of a Silver Medal from the 2003 International Wine and Spirits Competition. This comes with a pair of...  More info
A wee bottle of Arran released by Douglas Laing as an advanced sample of their Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$23.36
Arran 100 Proof
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A '100 Proof' cask strength edition from the 1993-founded Isle of Arran distillery and Whisky Magazine's Scottish Distiller of the Year 2007.  More info
$76.89
Arran 12 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
A relatively limited release, the distillery is only young and doesn't have large stocks of older whisky! This 12 year old Arran offers a good sherry character. Creamy and rich.  More info
$54.19
Packaged in a hand-filled ceramic decanter festooned with alliteration, this is a 12 year old single cask Arran from Douglas Laing's handsome Premier Barrel Selection. There are just 180 bottles...  More info
$98.66
Billed as "an aromatically attractive Arran malt bottling" - and there was us thinking that learning about alliteration at school would never be useful in life. This is part of a Douglas Laing's...  More info
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Briny, Citrussy Malt - absolutely delicious. This is a truly enveloping whisky from the Isle of Arran.  More info
Distilled at Arran in September 1996 and matured in a refill puncheon for 12 years before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in December 2008. Part of a release of 687 bottles.  More info
A beautifully packaged Arran, with a rather splendid looking peacock on the tube and bottle. This is part of the Icons of Arran Distillery range, this will sell out quickly.  More info
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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
Douglas Laing has bottled this twelve year old Arran for their Provenance range.  More info
$55.07
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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$67.74
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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$69.52
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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$71.93
A beautiful single cask Arran distilled in Winter of 1997, aged for 13 years in a refill butt and bottled in Autumn of 2011 for the Provenance range. Spiced and flavoursome!  More info
$66.88
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
$73.35
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 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
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The independent bottler Carn Mor has bottled this fifteen year old single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery. The whisky has been bottled without chill filtration to retain all of the flavour and...  More info
$64.49
This is a single cask Arran from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in January 1997 before a 15 year maturation in a refill hogshead. It was bottled in late 2012 and there are just...  More info
$102.70
Arran 16 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
The oldest release yet from Isle of Arran Distillers and a limited release of 9,000 bottles. Next year a limited edition 17 year old year old will be launched as they count down to the release of an...  More info
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$92.72
This is an astounding single cask whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery. It was distilled on the 8th August 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a first-fill sherry puncheon. We bottled it on the...  More info
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$81.16
This is a sweet, fruity whisky from the Isle of Arran and it was aged in a single cask (a refill sherry hogshead). The cask was laid down on the 13th June 1996, aged for 16 years and bottled on the...  More info
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