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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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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
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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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A very interesting 6 year old Tobermory from Douglas Laing's Provenance range which promotes the effects of season on a finished whisky. This was distilled in the Summer of 2006 and bottled in the...  More info
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Distilled at the Highland Park distillery in 1987 before a maturation period spent in refill bourbon barrels, this Orkney single malt was bottled in 2012 by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their...  More info
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This is a sixteen year old Isle of Jura bottling from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Jura was the home to George Orwell when he wrote the eponymous Nineteen Eighty-Four. Maybe he needed a dram...  More info
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A 23 year old single cask Highland Park from producer-of-pretty-things, Adelphi.  More info
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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
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A 16 year old single malt from Mull, this was distilled at the Tobermory, known for its minty, malty style of whisky. This was bottled by Alchemist.  More info
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Part of a release of 768 bottles from the Isle of Jura. This Elements expression is dedicated to air, the air used to season the oak casks and their porosity (oh yeah!). The distillers describe them...  More info
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A 23-Year-old single cask Highland Park, bottled by Mackillop's Choice.  More info
Released at Fèis Ìle 2013 (the Islay whisky festival), this special release is from the Isle of Jura distillery, just across the water. A single cask release of 663 numbered bottles.

It is triple...  More info
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An autumn distillation, this Ledaig may only be 7 years old but these peated malt whiskies produced in Tobermory are excellent at these younger ages. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range, this...  More info
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Young & Feisty makes it sound like this might a dog or a rookie cop in an action movie, but in actuality it's a single cask whisky distilled Talisker, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the...  More info
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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
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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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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
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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 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
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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
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A marvellous 14 year old Highland Park bottled by Douglas Laing at 46%.  More info
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Bottled by Langside Distillers for the Hepburn's Choice range, this 8 year old Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky is made at the Tobermory distillery. Ledaig is the name they use for their peated...  More info
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Arran 17 Year Old
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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 was distilled at the Arran distillery on the 11th December 1996 before a maturation in a single sherry cask (number 1963). It was then bottled at cask-strength on the 1st October 2012 and is part...  More info
This is a fifteen year old bottling of Isle of Mull distillers' Tobermory single malt whisky from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings...  More info
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