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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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This was distilled from peated malt at the Tobermory distillery in Mull. It was aged in a sherry cask and taken to Bruichladdich were it was bottled in 2011. There are 1,500 bottles of this stuff...  More info
A vintage release from the Talisker distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1993 and finished in Amoroso sherry casks. A great example from Diageo's range of distillers editions.  More info
Packaged in a hand-filled ceramic decanter festooned with alliteration, this is a 12 year old single cask Arran from Douglas Laing's handsome Premier Barrel Selection. There are just 180 bottles...  More info
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Distilled on the 30th June 1987 at the Highland Park distillery, this was aged for 24 years in hogsheads 1544 and 1545 before bottling on the 3rd November 2011. This was bottled for Signatory's...  More info
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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
This single sherry cask from Arran was distilled on the 9th September 1996 and bottled on the 15th June 2009. A release of 280 bottles from cask number 1287.  More info
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Mountain of the Sound! It sounds epic! This 15 year old Jura was finished in Cabernet Sauvignon casks and is part of the trio of 15 year old whiskies inspired by the Jura Paps, there are just 1,366...  More info
An incredible single cask from Talisker, this was distilled in 1994 and matured in cask 7147 before bottling in 2009. Each bottle is individually numbered.  More info
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A 24 year old single cask Highland Park, matured in a hogshead that yielded 222 cask strength bottles. Distilled in June 1987, it was bottled by Signatory in March 2012.  More info
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This is the very first batch of delicious Isle of Arran single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It boasts a malt, almost coconut-like, coastal flavour and comes bearing a wonderful...  More info
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Arran 100 Proof
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A '100 Proof' cask strength edition from the 1993-founded Isle of Arran distillery and Whisky Magazine's Scottish Distiller of the Year 2007.  More info
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A 23-Year-old single cask Highland Park, bottled by Mackillop's Choice.  More info
A 12 year old from the Isle of Arran, bottled for Murray McDavid. This was distilled in 1996, initially matured in bourbon barrels and then enhanced in casks from Premier Cru Margaux casks from...  More info
The 18 year old was release to replace the Isle of Jura 21, and this was matured in Oloroso sherry and American white oak casks.  More info
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A 20cl bottle the wonderful Talisker 10 with a pair of branded tasting glasses in a handsome presentation case. Talisker produce a truly volcanic Island single malt.  More info
This is a sixteen year old Isle of Jura bottling from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Jura was the home to George Orwell when he wrote the eponymous Nineteen Eighty-Four. Maybe he needed a dram...  More info
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The independent bottler Carn Mor has bottled this fifteen year old single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery. The whisky has been bottled without chill filtration to retain all of the flavour and...  More info
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The final release in the cult-favourite, uber-collectable collection from Highland Park: "the Magnus series". Earl Haakon was a character in the Orkney Inga Saga, who murdered his cousin, Magnus (the...  More info
Just 5,730 bottles of this Arran whisky were released, finished in Moscatel casks from the Setúbal Peninsula in Portugal.  More info
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A 2008 limited edition of but 5,670 bottles, this superb whisky from Arran was aged for 8 years in sherry casks before being finished for 9 months in a Sassicaia red wine cask from Tuscany.  More info
12 Year Old single cask Arran, distilled in Autumn 1997 and matured in refill hogshead number 5608 before bottling by Douglas Laing in Autumn 2009.  More info
A single cask bottling of Highland Park, Scotland's highest distillery Signatory bottled this 24 year old as part of their cask strength collection.  More info
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Tobermory 32 Year Old
(70cl, 50.10%)
A limited edition of just 902 bottles, distilled at Tobermory and matured for 32 years in Oloroso sherry butts.  More info
From Douglas Laing's marvellous Old Particular range of independently bottled whiskies comes a rather stunning single cask, single malt distilled by Jura. Back in March 1992, they filled hogshead...  More info
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A box set with the Paps trio from Isle of Jura. These are three 15 year old whiskies, limited to 1,366 bottles of each, and inspired by the Paps of Jura. The Mountain of the Sound single malt is...  More info
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