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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 award-winning 2001 vintage Talisker from the popular Distillers Edition range. It sees the peppery, peaty dram from Skye finished in top-quality Amoroso sherry casks before bottling. This...  More info
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$89.59
This is a handsome gift pack from Highland Park containing their top natch 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky and two branded glasses. A well known expression, the Highland Park 12 Year Old is...  More info
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A 2012 bottling of Talisker's 30 year old, massively satisfying single malt from the distillery on the Isle of Skye. Also, the box is jazzier than previous 30 year old releases! Nice! 3,186 bottles...  More info
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$556.86
Batch 1 of Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company has been let loose! Now then, why is the chap on the label so angry? Where did he get a sledgehammer at this hour? Wait...  More info
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A stunning Ledaig bottled in July of 2013 at a natural cask strength of 61.90%. It’s only been in the cask for 7 years but you wouldn't know it if you tasted this one blind because it's just great –...  More info
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$92.87
Celebrate Spring with this bottling of Talisker single malt from the Isle of Skye, which has been described by Douglas Laing as being "Young & Feisty", perhaps one of our favourite ways to personify a...  More info
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We all remember what we were doing when the new Millennium rolled around. Whether we were watching fireworks or dressed as Darth Maul in the middle of Somerset, it was a huge moment for everyone...  More info
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$108.86
Arran are changing pace just a little bit with their third batch of 12 Year Old Cask Strength single malt Scotch whisky. It features a higher percentage of whisky matured in Sherry casks than previous...  More info
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Goodness gracious! What on Earth has happened here?!? This is worse than that time we went for a nap in the Temple of Time! The boat... the flag... the balloon... the duck(!)... Where has all the fun...  More info
An Old Particular bottling of 17 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in September 1996 and bottled in April 2014. Drawn from a single hogshead, this coastal, smoky dram should...  More info
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A Directors' Cut bottling of 21 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, distilled on the Orkney Islands in February 1991, matured in a refill butt until December 2012. 227 bottles of this...  More info
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Only the finest selections go into the Douglas Laing Director's Cut range, and this 28 year old Highland Park single malt is no exception, as it's bloody exceptional! Distilled in December 1984 and...  More info
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$353.88
A Premium Single Cask Selection from the Arran way out on the Isle of Arran. This single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in June 1996 and matured in a single bourbon cask all the way until September...  More info
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Famously described as being "totes amaze", this is a fabulous 35 year old Talisker from Diageo's 2012 Special Releases. It was distilled in 1977 and aged in both refill American oak and European oak...  More info
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A single cask release of 17 year old Arran whisky, distilled just three years after the distillery was founded on the Isle of Arran in 1993. 318 bottles of this tasty single malt were released as part...  More info
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$126.09
This is the first batch of cask strength Machrie Moor from the Arran distillery. The Machrie Moor releases comprise of peated single malt from the Island distillery, delivering a hearty core of peat...  More info
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Arran 16 Year Old
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The oldest release yet from Isle of Arran Distillers and a limited release of 9,000 bottles. Next year a limited edition 17 year old year old will be launched as they count down to the release of an...  More info
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Single cask Highland Park whisky, bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. This particular bottling comes from a cask that was laid down in February 1985 and opened in March 2014. 258 bottles of...  More info
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The Machrie Moor single malt from Arran is named after a mysterious peat bog on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. The landscape is dotted with standing stones and Bronze Age stone circles. It...  More info
$64.88
A Strictly Limited bottling of Arran single malt, made possible by Càrn Mòr. It was drawn for 2 hogsheads which matured the whisky for 16 years, from 1997 to 2014. 568 bottles of tasty island whisky...  More info
$94.24
A very special whisky, bottled for the shareholders of the Isle of Arran distillery. The Founder's Reserve is light and gentle, and has notes of sweet, fresh apple.  More info
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The Devil is back, and this time, it's fiendish. That's right, it's time for the thrilling conclusion to The Devil's Punch Bowl series from Arran. Following in the...  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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$153.18
A very rare expression from Isle of Jura, named Feith A' Chaorainn, which translates to 'The lands around the Rowan'. The Rowan Tree on the Island of Jura is believed to bring good luck, so obviously...  More info
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$805.19
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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