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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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A half bottle of 8 year old Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$22.86
Distilled in 1970 at the Highland Park distillery and aged in sherry before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 2008.  More info
This was distilled at the Isle of Arran distillery in July 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a single cask (number 663). It was bottled for the Dimensions range from Duncan Taylor in October 2012. A...  More info
$122.94
A 23 year old single cask Highland Park from producer-of-pretty-things, Adelphi.  More info
$157.06
This is a delicious 9 year old from the Isle of Jura. It was distilled in Spring 2003 before a maturation in a refill hogshead. It was then bottled for the Provenance range.  More info
$61.87
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
$105.40
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
$101.25
This is the very first batch of Tobermory single malt whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a stunning cask-strength dram with a wonderful cult graphic-novel-style label inspired by the...  More info
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This is the very first batch of delicious Isle of Arran single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It boasts a malt, almost coconut-like, coastal flavour and comes bearing a wonderful...  More info
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This was distilled at the Highland Park distillery in February 1991. It was then aged for 21 years in a single cask (refill butt number 9200) before bottling for Douglas Laing's premier Director's Cut...  More info
$231.54
A wonderful 2004 vintage from the Isle of Arran distillery, this little gem was distilled using Bere barley (a very old strain of barley which has been used traditionally for centuries) grown on...  More info
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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
$424.81
Douglas Laing have bottled this Highland park single malt at sixteen years of age for their Old Malt Cask series of non-chill filtered whiskies.  More info
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$129.98
This is an exceptional Highland Park bottled by Douglas Laing for their Premier Barrel range. The whisky is presented in a porcelain decanter and boasts notes of tropical fruits and peat.  More info
$130.59
This is an exquisite single cask Highland Park from Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum Selection. It was distilled in December 1984 before a maturation in a refill hogshead, and it was bottled in...  More info
$451.57
This is a twenty-one year old bottling of that Orcadian giant - Highland Park, bottled by Signatory in 2012.  More info
$133.38
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 12 year old single malt whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery, named for the renowned Scottish poet, Robert Burns.  More info
A single malt from the Arran distillery finished for six months in casks which previously held Premier Cru Vosne Romanée red wine from Domaine Guyon in the Bourgogne region of France.  More info
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
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A rich, fruity offering from the Isle of Arran distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1998 and matured in sherry casks before being bottled at cask strength in 2007.  More info
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
Bottled in 2005, this single malt from the Arran distillery enjoyed maturation in a sherry cask before being finished in a first fill Port cask for superb fruity complexity. A release of 888 bottles...  More info
$73.67
This Isle of Arran single malt enjoyed maturation in ex-sherry cask before being finished in a Port cask. A rare release, an outturn of just 825 bottles, bottled in 2004.  More info
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