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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 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
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
Aged in remade refill hogsheads and distilled at the Tobermory distillery in 1994, this is a peated "Ledaig" described by bottlers Gordon and MacPhail as having a "subtle, sweet and smooth" style.  More info
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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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Distilled at Scapa in 1993 and aged in refill sherry casks for 11 years before bottling in 2004.  More info
A cracking 7 year old from Carn Mor, taken from 2 casks as part of their Strictly Limited range. Ledaig always shows well at a young age (IMHO(tep is invisible)).  More info
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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An 18 year old indie bottling of Highland Park. This was bottled by Cadenhead for their Duthies range.  More info
Distilled in 2004, this is a very interesting whisky from the Isle of Arran. Unusually for the distillery, this was distilled from peated malt, with a peating level of 14PPM. This is the third batch.  More info
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The Machrie Moor single malt from Arran is named after a mysterious peat bog on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. The landscape is dotted with standing stones and Bronze Age stone circles. It...  More info
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Distilled at Arran in September 1996 and matured in a refill puncheon for 12 years before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in December 2008. Part of a release of 687 bottles.  More info
A beautiful 12 year old Highland Park bottled for the Alchemist. Malty, briny and full of heather honey. We love it.  More info
A beautiful single cask Arran distilled in Winter of 1997, aged for 13 years in a refill butt and bottled in Autumn of 2011 for the Provenance range. Spiced and flavoursome!  More info
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Hang on, what's this? It's says this whisky is from the Ledaig Distillery on this bottle produced by Gordon and MacPhail! But that's made at the Tobermory distillery, Ledaig is just the name they use...  More info
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A cask strength bottling from the Scapa, distilled in 1992 and aged for 14 years.  More info
Distilled in November 1992 and aged in a refill hogshead (number 1665) for 12 years before bottling in February 2005 by Douglas Laing. An Old Malt Cask bottling with an outturn of 341 bottles.  More info
A beautifully packaged Arran, with a rather splendid looking peacock on the tube and bottle. This is part of the Icons of Arran Distillery range, this will sell out quickly.  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
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
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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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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
This is a twelve year old Arran whisky that has been bottled at a natural cask-strength of 54.1%. The Isle of Arran distillery opened in 1995 and has gone on to produce some, frankly, phenomenal...  More info
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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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