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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 '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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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
A Highland Park distilled in 1991, after 20 years in a Sherry Butt. Part of Sigatory's Unchillfiltered collection, this is a single cask whisky bottled at 46%.  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
The stupendous first bottling in Highland Park's Valhalla Collection, showcasing Orkney's Scandinavian connections. This first edition was made in honour of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder and supposed...  More info
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Distilled at Arran in 1999 and aged for 11 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in 2011. Non chillfiltered and non caramel coloured (thus the name).  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
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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
$99.50
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 Tobermory in 1994, this was aged in a bourbon cask of 16 years, some of which time was spent in Islay at the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was bottled by Murray McDavid. A release of...  More info
A half bottle of 11 year old, refill sherry matured Scapa, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2004.  More info
From the three whiskies in the Isle of Jura Paps range, celebrating the island's mighty mountains. Sacred Mountain was finished in Barolo wine casks.  More info
$124.36
A 21 year old Highland Park from Murray McDavid's esteemed Mission series, this was distilled in 1989.  More info
Always a highly anticipated special release from Diageo, this 25 year old Talisker was released in 2005 at cask strength, part of an outturn of 15,600 bottles.  More info
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A delicious 13 year old Highland Park we bottled in 2010, this was distilled in 1997, and aged in a single refill bourbon hogshead. An run of just 281 incredible bottles, at natural cask strength with...  More info
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Rare single cask Highland Park, distilled on the 17th September 1991 and matured for 18 years in a sherry butt before bottling on the 13th November 2009 by Signatory. A release of 787 bottles.  More info
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
The first ever whisky to be bottled by a blog! This was bottled in May 2011 to mark the 3rd birthday of the renowned Caskstrength.net. Caskstrength.net was founded in early 2008 by two former rival...  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 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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This Isle of Arran whisky exhibits all of the spicy, malty flavours one associates with Christmas, finished as it was in a cask which previously held Madeira.  More info
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A lovely whisky with a very cool story behind it, here's a précis of it: Highland Park launched their first '77 Bicentenary in 1998 and it sold out immediately. The only bottles not sold were set...  More info
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A very rare single cask Highland Park, especially bottled for Oddbins. This was distilled in 1995 and aged for 12 years in cask 1555 before bottling in 2007. Very tasty indeed.  More info
A wonderful single cask Highland Park, distilled in 1968 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Peerless collection.  More info
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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

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