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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 30 year old from Highland park and a winner of many awards including a Platinum award from the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute.  More info
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A fantastic little whisky from Murray McDavid's acclaimed Mission Cask Strength series. This was distilled in 1984, and aged in a single cask before bottling with an outturn of 252 numbered bottles...  More info
From the Isle of Mull comes an 18 year old Tobermory single malt Scotch whisky, as bottled by the folks at Douglas Laing. This single cask release was distilled in February 1996 and left to age in a...  More info
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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
$89.78
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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A wonderful single cask Highland Park, distilled in 1968 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Peerless collection.  More info
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Distilled in 1995, this single cask Highland Park was aged for 15 years before being bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi.  More info
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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$159.20
Distilled at Highland Park on the 27th June 1986, this was aged for 25 years in a single hogshead (cask 2279) before bottling on the 22nd October 2011. A release of 240 numbered bottles from...  More info
$151.16
This is a sweet, fruity whisky from the Isle of Arran and it was aged in a single cask (a refill sherry hogshead). The cask was laid down on the 13th June 1996, aged for 16 years and bottled on the...  More info
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A 15 year old Highland Park released for the Swedish market. Distilled in 1990, it was bottled and originally released in 2005. Matured in a single sherry cask, this is a classic Highland Park.  More info
$435.91
This is the very first batch of Tobermory single malt whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a stunning cask-strength dram with a wonderful cult graphic-novel-style label inspired by the...  More info
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Very unusual this one, a wonderful Highland Park, aged for 16 years. This was bottled by Alchemist and was even given a finish in Calvados barrels (it's quite rare to find a Calvados finished whisky).  More info
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
$62.09
A very old, and very rare bottle of Talisker 10, bottled way back when they had maps on the labels. A collector's item for sure…  More info
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A beautiful 12 year old Highland Park bottled for the Alchemist. Malty, briny and full of heather honey. We love it.  More info
Only 7980 bottles of this Arran single malt were released. Matured for 8 years in an ex-bourbon cask, this whisky enjoyed a further 9 months to finish in a Fino sherry cask from Valdespino.  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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Replacing the now exhausted stock of the 1996, this distillers' edition is perhaps even better than the one it replaces. Finished in Amoroso Sherry butts for great depth of flavour.  More info
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A superbly fresh offering from the Isle of Arran distillery, this Connoisseur's Choice bottling from Gordon and MacPhail was distilled in 1998 before being aged for 9 years in sherry casks.  More info
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Distilled at Highland Park in 1995, and aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in Château Lafite casks. This was bottled for Murray McDavid at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. A release of 1,900...  More info
A cask strength, straight from the cask bottling of Scapa. This was distilled in 1993 and bottled by Chivas Brothers in 2009.  More info
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This was released to commemorate Talisker's 175th Birthday in 2005. This is part of a release of 60,000 bottles, crafted by Diageo's Maureen Robinson. This special anniversary edition contains...  More info
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A 1992 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
A cask strength bottling from the Scapa, distilled in 1992 and aged for 14 years.  More info
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