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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 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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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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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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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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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
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A 23 year old single cask Highland Park from producer-of-pretty-things, Adelphi.  More info
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A top island dram, that Talisker 10 year old. If you want to show someone else you care (and show them the glory of Talisker), you can't really go wrong with this handsome gift tube, featuring a 70cl...  More info
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This was distilled at the Isle of Arran distillery in July 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a single cask (number 663). It was bottled for the Dimensions range from Duncan Taylor in October 2012. A...  More info
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Distilled in 1970 at the Highland Park distillery and aged in sherry before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 2008.  More info
This is the second batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's small-batch, cask-strength whisky from the Isle of Arran. It's a deliciously coastal, malty, citrusy single malt, typical of the...  More info
A half bottle of 8 year old Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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This was distilled at the Arran distillery on the 11th December 1996 before a maturation in a single sherry cask (number 1963). It was then bottled at cask-strength on the 1st October 2012 and is part...  More info
An 8 year old from Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail at 8 years of age. A creamy, slightly smoky dram.  More info
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Presented at full cask strength, this 24 year old Highland Park is a revelation from independent bottler Signatory. Distilled in June 1988, it was bottled in October 2012 with an outturn of 743...  More info
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A punchy cask strength offering from the Isle of Jura distillery. A product of two casks bottled by Signatory.  More info
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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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The second release in Highland Park's Valhalla Collection following last year's Thor release. Loki is Thor's adoptive brother, a mischievous soul, possibly even a shape-shifter and certainly an...  More info
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Duncan Taylor bottled this 14 year old Jura at a full 54% abv in October 2012.  More info
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Distilled at the Highland Park distillery on Orkney on 8th February 1985 before a 28 year maturation period in cask 374. This single cask whisky from Scotland's northernmost distillery was bottled as...  More info
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A 1991 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
A 1992 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
A hugely well-aged Highland Park - an amazing 21 years old from Signatory. 758 bottles were produced from this single cask as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection.  More info
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A marvellous 14 year old Highland Park bottled by Douglas Laing at 46%.  More info
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