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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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From the Arran distillery, this was blended in honour of Scotland's favourite poet - Robert Burns and this is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation no less.  More info
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Peated single malt from the Tobermory distillery, released under their Ledaig name. It was distilled in 1998 and matured in refill Sherry hogsheads until 2014, when it became a member of the...  More info
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$66.19
7 year old single malt whisky from the Jura distillery on the island which George Orwell once described as 'extremely ungetatable'. We imagine it has become much more getatable these days. Either way...  More info
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A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the MacPhail's Collection. This Island beauty was distilled in 1988 and sat dormant in oak until 2013, when...  More info
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An 8 year old Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for the MacPahil's collection. It matured in sherry butts and bourbon barrels. Orkney whisky ahoy!  More info
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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 Coopers Choice bottling of Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured for 8 years in a single hoggie. Ledaig is the name used for peated whisky coming from the Tobermory distillery on the...  More info
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Single malt from the Isle of Jura, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. This independently bottled beauty was distilled in October 1992 and bottled in March 2014. This has given the...  More info
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A blended malt, Poit Dhubh is a mellow, lightly peated whisky that comprises mostly of Talisker, which reflects the fact its parent company, Pràban, is based on the Isle of Skye. The remainder of the...  More info
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Highland Park 40 Year Old
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A very special expression from Highland Park. Few distilleries have the requisite whisky stocks to add a 40 year old to the core of their range. Highland Park made sure...  More info
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A golden, honey'd and joyfully smoky single cask bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled on the Orkney islands in...  More info
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Arran 17 Year Old
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This expression is part of a trio released over multiple years, which will culminate in an 18 year old Arran single malt, due to be released in 2015. While you wait, why not enjoy this 17 year old...  More info
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Tip-top 20 year old Tobermory, bottled by the lovely chaps at Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask collection. It was distilled in April 1994 and left to rest in a single refill hogshead (#10827) for...  More info
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Named for the mysterious peat bog on the western side of Arran, the popular Machrie Moor single malt Scotch whiskies from the Arran distillery are peated, adding a core of earthy smokiness to their...  More info
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Ooh, a 16 year old Ledaig! This is peated single malt from the Tobermory distillery, whom also produce unpeated single malt (released under the Tobermory name). This was bottled by WM Cadenhead for...  More info
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From the famous Orkney distillery, Highland Park, comes this single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in July 2013 for the Mackillop's Choice range, with just 262...  More info
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A peaty Provenance bottling of Ledaig single malt from the Tobermory distillery. Distilled in autumn 2005, matured in two refill hogsheads and bottled at 8 years old in summer 2014 by Douglas Laing.  More info
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Arran's 12 Year Old Cask Strength has had a bit of a redesign! The fourth batch of 12 year old cask strength Arran single malt weighs in at 53.2% ABV. After maturing for at least 12 years in first...  More info
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Single cask Highland Park whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old & Rare collection. An excellent Island single malt Scotch whisky, matured in cask #10854 for 18 years.  More info
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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
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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
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A special bottling of 10 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, commissioned by The Whisky Connoisseur in 2002 in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. In the whisky world, this is...  More info
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