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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 19 year old Highland Park from Signatory. This was distilled on the 17th September 1991 and aged in sherry butt 15114 before bottling on the 26th November 2010. A release of 731 bottles.  More info
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A delicious 13 year old Highland Park we bottled in 2010, this was distilled in 1997, and aged in a single refill bourbon hogshead. An run of just 281 incredible bottles, at natural cask strength with...  More info
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The second release in the Magnus series from Highland Park, this will sell out before we even finish writing this sentence. It was created to celebrate Saint Magnus, who was described in the...  More info
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An incredibly old Highland Park. This was aged for a whopping 40 years after distillation in 1968. It was aged in a single cask (number 3465) and was bottled as a release of just 177 numbered bottles...  More info
This was distilled in Septmeber 1996 at Highland Park. It was aged for 11 years in refill hogshead 4440 before bottling in June 2008 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of 333 bottles.  More info
Distilled at the Highland Park distillery on the 15th September 1994 and aged in hogshead 122051 before bottling on the 20th September 2010. A cask strength release from the new Carn Mor range.  More info
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Lovely sweetness from the Amoroso sherry casks, this Talisker distillers edition is a wonderful example of the effects of peaty whisky matured in sherry casks.  More info
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Released to celebrate 200 years of distilling at the Isle of Jura. This 21 year old was specially selected and finished in a 1963 cask that previously held Gonzalez Byass Oloroso sherry.  More info
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A 15 year old Tobermory, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range at Douglas Laing's preferred drinking strength of 50%.  More info
Bottled for the Homecoming 2009, Runrig are a folk rock band from the Isle of Skye.  More info
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A cask strength, 30 year old from Diageo's Special Releases. The Talisker is made by blending refill American and European oak casks together. A release of 3,000 bottles.  More info
A sherry butt matured Highland Park. This was distilled on the 13th December 1990 and aged for 19 years before bottling on the 5th August 2010. A release of 444 bottles from cask number 15698.  More info
Distilled at Arran in 1996, this was aged in a sherry cask for 11 years before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery by Murray McDavid in 2008. A release of 2,100 bottles.  More info
Bottled for the Bladnoch forum, this was distilled on the 16th September 1997 at Highland Park, and aged for 12 years in hogshead number 6258 before bottling on the 23rd July 2010. A release of 273...  More info
Part of a limited release of just 500 bottles from Highland Park. This was bottled for the St Magnus Festival in 2006 - an art festival founded in 1977 by Orkney's Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. The 2006...  More info
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This was distilled at the Scapa distillery in October 1993 and it was aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 4440 before bottling in June 2008 by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. There...  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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Distilled on the 27th June 1986, aged in hogshead number 2274 and bottled on the 24th June 2010. This is a release of just 235 single cask, cask strength bottles of Highland Park.  More info
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A superb whisky, released to celebrate Arran's 15th anniversary. This was distilled in 1999 and finished in Amontillado sherry casks before bottling in Spring 2010 as part of a release of 5,460...  More info
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