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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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Arran 10 Year Old
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Officially launched in 2006, this 10 year old lies at the heart of the Isle of Arran range and exudes all the honeyed richness we have come to associate with the island distillery.  More info
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Batch 2 of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company features the beautiful faces of the crowd that graced us with their presence and helped pick the whisky...  More info
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This was distilled at the Isle of Jura distillery in 1997 before a maturation in refill sherry hogsheads. This is a light, buttery whisky from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. This...  More info
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The Gaelic Whisky Company are renowned for being independent through-and-through and produce whisky for whisky's sake. Rumour has it they are constructing a distillery on the Isle of Skye which will...  More info
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Talisker Storm
(70cl, 45.80%)
Talisker Storm is a new no age statement whisky released at the beginning of 2013. It offers up plenty of distillery character alongside some smokier depth and complexity.  More info
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£38.75
A top Tobermory, bottled with love and attention by our careful hands. The cask this release came from was filled by the distillery on the Isle of Mull in November 1995. For 18 years, the whisky...  More info
£69.95
Ever tried a perfect whisky? Well this could be your chance! This bottling of 25 year old Highland Park single malt is made with whisky taken from ex-sherry and bourbon casks and bottled at 45.7% abv...  More info
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£249.49
This gift pack contains a bottle of mighty Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky and two glasses with a rounded base so that they do not tip over when used on boats (very handy).  More info
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£46.90
This 16 year old from the Isle of Jura was a bronze medal winner at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info
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Ledaig 10 Year Old
(70cl, 46.30%)
A 10 year old from the Tobermory distillery on Mull, a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info
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£32.01
The 2010 released Amarone finish from Arran. This has a similar style to the brilliant Sassicaia finish. Amarone is dry Italian red made using partially dried Corvina grapes, Rondinella grapes and...  More info
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£41.03
Made up of whiskies aged for 13 years and 21 years, with 13 percent heavily peated malt. It turns out Stevie was wrong, Superstition is the way…  More info
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Talisker Port Ruighe
(70cl, 45.80%)
The second new no age statement release in quick succession following Talisker Storm in early 2013. Port Ruighe (pronounced Portree, as in the largest town on the Isle of Skye), is finished in Port...  More info
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£43.85
Highland Park 21 Year Old
(70cl, 47.50%)
Many experts rate 21-year-old Highland Park as one of the best examples from this popular distillery. Originally created exclusively for global travel retail and duty free markets, this whisky was...  More info
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Arran 14 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
The 2010 release from Arran, the 14 year old replaces the previous benchmark, the 12. This was finished in fresh bourbon and sherry hogsheads 2 years before it was bottled. The result is a sweet...  More info
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After spending 30 years maturing, this Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky has earned the right to be enjoy very slowly, to have every sip savoured. Bottled at a slightly lower abv than previous...  More info
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The entry level bottling from Scotland's most northerly distillery, Highland Park, aged for 12 years with plenty of citrus and green notes.  More info
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£29.95
A superb 18 year old from the Highland Park distillery and a winner of a Gold Medal at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  More info
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Scapa 16 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
This 16 year old from Orkney's Scapa was relaunched in 2008.  More info
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£49.96
Talisker 10 Year Old
(70cl, 45.80%)
A classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye. Always highly rated, this was an Editor's Choice at Whisky Magazine. Lots of spice and fresh, tangy peat.  More info
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£33.95
Highland Park Dark Origins is a new core bottling that celebrates the early days of Magnus Eunson's illicit distilling on Orkney, back before the distillery was even founded in 1798. Magnus worked as...  More info
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This was distilled at Highland Park on the 27th June 1986, before ageing for 24 years in a single hogshead. Bottled by Signatory on the 17th January 2011. A release of 216 bottles.  More info
Distilled at Highland Park on the 13th December 1990, this was aged for 20 years in sherry butt number 15693 before bottling by Signatory on the 13th May 2011. A release of 281 bottles.  More info
Distilled at the Highland Park on the 30th June 1987, this was aged in two hogsheads for 23 years, before bottling on the 25th November 2010. A release of 611 bottles.  More info
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