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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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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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$154.87
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
$272.26
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
A 14 year old from one of Orkney's brace of distilleries (the other being Highland Park). This was distilled at Scapa in October 1993 and aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 3888 before...  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
$92.00
21 year old from the Alchemist range. This was distilled at Scotland's most northerly distillery - also one of the most prestigious - Highland Park.  More info
A sherry hogshead matured Highland Park distilled in March 1983 and bottled in July 2010 for the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
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
$154.04
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
A single cask Highland Park, bottled for the Bladnoch forum. This was distilled in November 1997, aged in cask number 6259 and bottled on the 17th June 2010. A release of 308 numbered bottles.  More info
A single cask Highland Park. This was distilled on the 23rd April 1990 and aged for 13 years in cask number 3922 before bottling on the 9th December 2003. A release of 369 bottles from Signatory.  More info
14 year old from Orkney's Highland Park distillery, this was distilled in 2009 and aged in hogshead number 1481 before bottling in 2009.  More info
$87.34
Distilled on the 13th December 1990 and aged for 19 years in sherry butt number 156595 before bottling on the 6th April 2010. A release of 254 individually numbered, cask strength bottles of Highland...  More info
12 year old peated whisky from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Ledaig was actually a previous name for the distillery. This was distilled in March of 1997 and aged in a butt number...  More info
A sherry matured Arran. This was distilled on the 12th August 1996 and aged for 13 years in cask number 536 before bottling on the 5th February 2010. A release of 325 individually numbered bottles.  More info
Very unusual to find a peated Arran, this was distilled on the 12th December 2005 and aged in a bourbon cask. Oddly, they bottled it on the 7th December 2009 - just 5 days away from this whisky's 4th...  More info
This is part two in the very handsome looking Icons of Arran series. This features a Rowan Tree, a tree whose dense wood is suitable for both walking stick manufacture, and magician's staves.  More info
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