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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.

Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%
Arran

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

Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whisky
14
$19.17

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 backy, and in award-winning form.  More info

Isle of Jura 21 Year Old
$106.95

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

Jura Prophecy with Tin
$59.39

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

70cl, 55.90%
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
$185.36

Jura 2006 (bottled 2016) (cask 16012) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 59.10%
Isle of Jura

A single cask bottling of Jura single malt, distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2016. This was allowed to age in a refill Sherry butt for its maturation, and was bottled by German indie bottler Malts of…  More info

Jura 2006 (bottled 2016) (cask 16012) - Malts of Scotland
$63.77

Arran Lochranza Reserve

70cl, 43%
Arran

A citrus-y, light and elegant no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky from the distillery on the Isle of Arran. The Lochranza Reserve replaced the Arran Original in mid-2014. The name comes from…  More info

Arran Lochranza Reserve
5
$35.56

Highland Park 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.30%
Highland Park

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 this was sure to turn heads…  More info

Highland Park 40 Year Old
15
$2588.71

Isle of Jura 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

This was distilled at the Isle of Jura distillery in 1997 before a maturation in refill sherry hogsheads. This is a light, buttery whisky from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. This…  More info

Isle of Jura 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
2
$74.30

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11885) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Arran

An independently bottled Arran single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead for 19 years! This was distilled on the Isle of Arran in September 1996 and bottled in September 2015 by Hunter…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11885) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$84.79

Ledaig 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

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

Ledaig 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$66.07

Highland Park 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail) 35cl

35cl, 43%
Highland Park

A 35cl bottling of Gordon & MacPhail's 8 year old Highland Park from their MacPhail's Collection matured in Sherry butts and bourbon barrels.  More info

Highland Park 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail) 35cl
$17.15

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1835) - Thompson's

70cl, 53.70%
Arran

A Chateau Labouade Sauternes cask finished Arran single malt. 668 individually numbered bottles were produced at natural cask strength without chill filtration. This is one of four rare 1996 'en…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1835) - Thompson's
$105.66

Highland Park 15 Year Old 1992 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

A 15 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a combination of bourbon and Viognier wine casks. This is a release of 2,475 bottles, bottled by Murray McDavid.  More info

Highland Park 15 Year Old 1992 (Murray McDavid)
$183.67

Tobermory 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11235) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tobermory

18 year old Tobermory single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask from October 1996 to February 2015, when it was bottled with an outturn of just 314 bottles. This comes to us via Hunter…  More info

Tobermory 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11235) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$86.42

Jura 8 Year Old 2006 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.50%
Isle of Jura

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Jura distillery, matured in 2 Sherry butts for 8 years. It was bottled for the Single Minded range by Douglas Laing.  More info

Jura 8 Year Old 2006 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$35.73

Arran 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 5) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 56.90%
Arran

From an island in the sun (sometimes) comes this 16 single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. But which island? Why, the Isle of Arran and the wonderful Arran distillery, of…  More info

Arran 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 5) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$91.81

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 96528) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 55.30%
Arran

Independently bottled single malt from the Arran distillery, presented by the Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company. This handsomely presented Island whisky was distilled in June 1996 and set aside to…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 96528) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$97.02

Ledaig 42 Year Old Dùsgadh

70cl, 46.70%
Tobermory

The long anticipated 42 Year Old Dùsgadh is a 1972 vintage, from the year the distillery was reopened following a gap that stretched to the 1930s. Some of the first spirit to run from the new stills,…  More info

Ledaig 42 Year Old Dùsgadh
$3235.89

Tobermory 15 Year Old 1994 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

A bourbon cask aged Tobermory, this was distilled on the Isle of Mull in 1994 and aged for 15 years before bottling at Bruichladdich in 2009 for Murray McDavid. A release of 1,100 bottles.  More info

Tobermory 15 Year Old 1994 (Murray McDavid)
$202.05

Lochranza Founders' Reserve - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Arran

A collectible piece for Arran aficionados - the Lochranza Founder's Reserve was bottled for the wonderful bunch of folks who invested in the distillery back when it was first built in the 1990s. For…  More info

Lochranza Founders' Reserve - 1990s
2
$174.31

Highland Park 28 Year Old 1973 (cask 11167)

70cl, 50.40%
Highland Park

One of two single Sherry butts filled, and then 28 years on bottled, at the same time as one another. A rare release of Highland Park from 2001! This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Highland Park 28 Year Old 1973 (cask 11167)
$810.54

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1932) - Thompson's

70cl, 46.30%
Arran

One of four Chateau Labouade Sauternes cask finished Arrans from Simon Thompson (whose father was an MD of Hine). The outturn of this cask was only 248 numbered bottles.  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1932) - Thompson's
$105.66

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1933) - Thompson's

70cl, 46.90%
Arran

French indie bottler Thompson's has bottled four Arran single malts which have been finished in Sauternes casks. This one, from cask #1933, was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2014, was bottled with…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1933) - Thompson's
$105.66

Highland Park 8 Year Old 1992 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 40.80%
Highland Park

An independently bottled Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, matured in bourbon casks for 8 years. 671 bottles were produced, bottled by Murray McDavid.  More info

Highland Park 8 Year Old 1992 (Murray McDavid)
$74.52

Talisker 17 Year Old Manager's Dram

70cl, 55.20%
Talisker

A rare Talisker single malt whisky bottled in 2011 for Diageo staff at natural cask strength. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get…  More info

Talisker 17 Year Old Manager's Dram
$482.76

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