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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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An Arran from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled in 2000, it was bottled in 2013 following a maturation period spent in refill bourbon casks.  More info
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248 bottles were produced from cask 759, a hogshead, where the spirit matured for 25 whole years. Distilled at Highland Park, on Orkney, it was bottled in 2013 by Signatory for their excellent Cask...  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 single cask release of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. Distilled in September 1996, and with only 206 bottles produced, this is one of...  More info
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A smoky, sweet Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in November 1995 and bottled in December 2013 with an outturn of just 332 bottles. Part of the Old...  More info
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A Signatory bottling from Isle of Jura for the Cask Strength Collection. This heavily peated single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in December 1989. It slumbered in a bourbon barrel until October...  More info
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A Signatory bottling of 24 year old Jura single malt Scotch whisky - part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled in December 1989 on the mysterious island, this whisky matured in two bourbon...  More info
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Single malt Scotch whisky distilled on the Isle of Arran in September 1996 and bottled 17 years later by Càrn Mòr in February 2014. 319 bottles were produced for the Celebration of the Cask range.  More info
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A quite spiffy 5 year old Talisker, housed in an equally spiffy ceramic decanter! Part of Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel range. 495 bottles were produced.  More info
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Distilled at Highland Park distillery in 1998 before maturation in a first fill Spanish sherry butt (number 8017). This single cask from Orkney was bottled in 2007 and was only ever released in Japan.  More info
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Distilled in 2004, this is a very interesting whisky from the Isle of Arran. Unusually for the distillery, this was distilled from peated malt, with a peating level of 14PPM. This is the third batch.  More info
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What a dram! Every year Diageo offer up some "special releases". These are limited edition, cask strength bottles, rare and often stunning! This Talisker is part of a release of 3,000 bottles, sure to...  More info
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From the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye comes this 6 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2008 and left to mature until 2014, when...  More info
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This is a delicious sherry-matured single malt from the Isle of Jura's Boutique Barrels range. It was distilled in 1993 before a maturation in American white oak. Then it was aged in Oloroso Pasada...  More info
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A peaty Provenance bottling of Ledaig single malt from the Tobermory distillery. Distilled in autumn 2005, matured in two refill hogsheads and bottled at 8 years old in summer 2014 by Douglas Laing.  More info
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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 1993 vintage Ledaig finished for 40 months in Saint-Joseph wine casks as part of a 19 year maturation period and bottled as part of the Private Collection from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
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A fantastic chance to get your hands on a bottle of 22 year old Highland Park single cask whisky, which has been aged in a wine treated butt. A stunning single malt, bottled by the ever-brilliant...  More info
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Ooh, a 16 year old Ledaig! This is peated single malt from the Tobermory distillery, whom also produce unpeated single malt (released under the Tobermory name). This was bottled by WM Cadenhead for...  More info
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