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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.

Scapa Glansa

70cl, 40%
Scapa

American oak cask matured Scapa single malt Scotch whisky finished in casks that previously held smoky, peated whisky! Scapa describe Glansa as a gentle introduction to the world of peated whisky.  More info

Scapa Glansa
4
$44.13

Ledaig 10 Year Old

70cl, 46.3%
Tobermory

A 10 year old from the Tobermory distillery on Mull, a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

Ledaig 10 Year Old
27
$39.99

Ledaig 1996 Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 46.3%
Tobermory

A 1996 vintage Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky from Tobermory, which has been given a finishing period in Oloroso Sherry casks. Interestingly, this expression has been made using some of the first…  More info

Ledaig 1996 Sherry Cask Finish
$101.38

Highland Park Ice Edition 17 Year Old

70cl, 53.9%
Highland Park

Following on from The Valhalla Collection, this new limited edition Highland Park will also come with a cradle, which will be shaped like a mountain as opposed to a longship. Matured mostly in…  More info

Highland Park Ice Edition 17 Year Old
7
$202.88

Isle of Jura Superstition

70cl, 43%
Isle of Jura

A single malt made up of different ages, 13 percent of which is said to be heavily peated... It turns out Stevie was wrong, Superstition is the way!  More info

Isle of Jura Superstition
77
$39.97

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 2

70cl, 55.2%
Arran

A second batch of Arran's Bothy, initially matured in first fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels of various vintages before being finished in American oak quarter casks for at least 18 months.…  More info

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 2
$60.36

Isle of Jura Elixir 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Isle of Jura

Elixirs are said to give life to those who need it, if fantasy fiction is to be believed. While we don't think this Isle of Jura 12 Year Old Elixir has any magical properties (in fact, we're sure of…  More info

Isle of Jura Elixir 12 Year Old
10
$49.47

Isle of Jura Origin 10 Year Old with Tin

70cl, 40%
Isle of Jura

The Isle of Jura's Origin 10 Year Old single malt is matured in ex-bourbon casks for a decade before being bottled. This one has been presented with a handsome tin to house the bottle.  More info

Isle of Jura Origin 10 Year Old with Tin
$35.13

Arran 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 96/1335) - White Stag Second Release

70cl, 49.5%
Arran

A single cask bottling of 20 year old Arran single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from September 1996 to October 2016. Following that maturation, this was bottled at 49.5% ABV and released…  More info

Arran 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 96/1335) - White Stag Second Release
$707.72

Highland Park 1989 (bottled 2016) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Highland Park

Single malt from the Highland Park distillery, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their MacPhail's Collection. It was distilled back in 1989 and bottled in 2016 at 43% ABV.  More info

Highland Park 1989 (bottled 2016) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$132.13

Highland Park Harald (Warriors Series)

70cl, 40%
Highland Park

Released for the European travel retail market, Harald is the third of six no age statement expressions (that go up in price from one to six) in the Warrior series from Highland Park. Harald Fairhair…  More info

Highland Park Harald (Warriors Series)
2
$80.41

Isle of Jura Prophecy

70cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

A very peated edition from Isle of Jura, Prophecy is made from a selection of old and rare Jura whiskies. Very interesting indeed.  More info

Isle of Jura Prophecy
21
$56.16

Jura Tastival 2016

70cl, 51%
Isle of Jura

The 2016 special bottling for the Jura Tastival, which is held on the island each year during the same week as Fèis Ìle (the Islay festival of music and malt). This year's release was finished in…  More info

Jura Tastival 2016
1
$98.45

Arran - Sauternes Cask Finish

70cl, 50%
Arran

The Arran Malt finished in Sauternes casks. These casks that previously held Bordeaux sweet wine give a honeyed sweetness to the isle of Arran’s only single malt distillery.  More info

Arran - Sauternes Cask Finish
2
$46.37

Highland Park 28 Year Old 1986 (cask 2264) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.9%
Highland Park

28 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. This handsome fellow was distilled on the island of Orkney in June 1986 and aged in cask…  More info

Highland Park 28 Year Old 1986 (cask 2264) - Mackillop's Choice
$296.98

Isle of Jura Prophecy with Tin

70cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

Isle of Jura's Prophecy is made with a high proportion of rare peated single malt from the distillery. This edition comes with a presentation tin.  More info

Isle of Jura Prophecy with Tin
$58.67

Isle of Jura 21 Year Old

70cl, 44%
Isle of Jura

Previously discontinued in 2009, it's great to see Isle of Jura 21 Year Old back, and in award-winning form.  More info

Isle of Jura 21 Year Old
$105.66

Arran 2006 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Arran

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Arran distillery on the Isle of Arran, distilled in 2006. It was bottled in 2016 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Arran 2006 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$40.68

Talisker 2005 (bottled 2015) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

The Distillers Edition bottlings of Talisker single malt are allowed a finishing period in casks which have previously held wonderfully sweet Amoroso Sherry. This is the 2005 vintage, which has was…  More info

Talisker 2005 (bottled 2015) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
3
$59.31

Highland Park Thorfinn (Warriors Series) (No Box)

70cl, 45.1%
Highland Park

It's Highland Park's Thorfinn expression from the higher end of their Warriors Series, originally released for Travel Retail. Named after Thorfinn the Mighty, this expression boasts a big-bodied,…  More info

Highland Park Thorfinn (Warriors Series) (No Box)
$1,237.46

Scapa 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 1191) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.9%
Scapa

Back in March 1991 some spirit ran from the still at the Orcadian distillery of Scapa and was filled into a single cask, where it matured until March 2014. That was when it become a Mackillop's…  More info

Scapa 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 1191) - Mackillop's Choice
$199.67

Jura 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 11535) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

Indie Island whisky here from the Douglas Laing Provenance range! This is a 10 year old single malt from the Jura distillery on the eponymous island, aged in a refill hogshead from April 2006 to…  More info

Jura 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 11535) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$38.66

Talisker Storm

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

Talisker Storm is a new no age statement whisky released at the beginning of 2013. It offers up plenty of distillery character alongside some smokier depth and complexity.  More info

Talisker Storm
94
$42.71

Highland Park 26 Year Old (cask 10006) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

Single cask Highland Park finished in a fortified Banyuls wine barrique, bottled by Murray McDavid at 46% abv.  More info

Highland Park 26 Year Old (cask 10006) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$166.53

Talisker Neist Point

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

Initially launched for travel retail, Talisker Neist Point is named after Skye's most westerly point with the lighthouse depicted on the fold out box. It's a no age statement release that's said to…  More info

Talisker Neist Point
5
$98.66

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