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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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Independently bottled single cask Talisker, matured in a refill hogshead for 6 years. The distillery on the Isle of Skye filled the cask in 2008 and left it to age until it was opened for Hepburn's...  More info
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A Directors' Cut bottling of 21 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, distilled on the Orkney Islands in February 1991, matured in a refill butt until December 2012. 227 bottles of this...  More info
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A Coopers Choice bottling of Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured for 8 years in a single hoggie. Ledaig is the name used for peated whisky coming from the Tobermory distillery on the...  More info
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This is a rare 1970s bottling of 8 year old Isle of Jura pure malt Scotch whisky. That term isn't used all that much any more, so this is a neat little piece of history, especially for those of you...  More info
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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 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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"That bottled a gorgeous 16 year old Tobermory single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single Sherry butt from June 1996 to April...  More info
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A very rare expression from Isle of Jura, named Feith A' Chaorainn, which translates to 'The lands around the Rowan'. The Rowan Tree on the Island of Jura is believed to bring good luck, so obviously...  More info
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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
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A blended malt, Poit Dhubh is a mellow, lightly peated whisky that comprises mostly of Talisker, which reflects the fact its parent company, Pràban, is based on the Isle of Skye. The remainder of the...  More info
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A golden, honey'd and joyfully smoky single cask bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled on the Orkney islands in...  More info
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A very special expression from Highland Park. Few distilleries have the requisite whisky stocks to add a 40 year old to the core of their range. Highland Park made sure this was sure to turn heads...  More info
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Highland Park single malt from February 1985, independently bottled in September 2013 by Montgomerie's for their rare select series. A good chance to get your hands on some well-matured whisky from...  More info
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Single cask Highland Park whisky, bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. This particular bottling comes from a cask that was laid down in February 1985 and opened in March 2014. 258 bottles of...  More info
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7 year old single malt whisky from the Jura distillery on the island which George Orwell once described as 'extremely ungetatable'. We imagine it has become much more getatable these days. Either way...  More info
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From the Arran distillery, this was blended in honour of Scotland's favourite poet - Robert Burns and this is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation no less.  More info
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Single malt from the Isle of Jura, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. This independently bottled beauty was distilled in October 1992 and bottled in March 2014. This has given the...  More info
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Bottled in 2013, this lovely Scapa from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label range was distilled in 2001.  More info
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An 8 year old Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for the MacPahil's collection. It matured in sherry butts and bourbon barrels. Orkney whisky ahoy!  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
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Hunter Laing, you are talking our language with your Old Malt Cask range, especially when you release single malt whiskies like this single cask...  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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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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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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