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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.

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)
$38.55

Jura 26 Year Old 1989 (casks 30739 & 30740) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.6%
Isle of Jura

An independent bottling of heavily peated single malt from the Jura distillery, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels that aged the whisky for 26 years. The barrels were filled up by the Island…  More info

Jura 26 Year Old 1989 (casks 30739 & 30740) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$115.39

Jura 27 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 52.4%
Isle of Jura

A single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Jura distillery, presented as part of the Highland Laird range by Bartels Whisky. This was distilled in 1988 and matured for 27 years in a…  More info

Jura 27 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$196.98

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

70cl, 41.5%
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)
$35.20

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
$98.16

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
$39.88

Ledaig 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 11605) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tobermory

Yummy, peaty, smoky whisky from the Toberymory distillery, released under their Ledaig name. This was distilled back in May 2001 and set aside to mature in a single refill hogshead for 15 years,…  More info

Ledaig 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 11605) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$93.78

Ledaig 18 Year Old

70cl, 46.3%
Tobermory

Ahh, Ledaig! A cracking single malt that proves Islay isn't the only place to get your hands on splendidly peaty whisky - the Tobermory distillers on the Isle of Mull also know their way around…  More info

Ledaig 18 Year Old
9
$81.25

Ledaig 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.7%
Tobermory

Well-peated single malt from the Tobermory distillery, released under the Ledaig name and independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. This was aged for 18 years before being bottled, and…  More info

Ledaig 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$95.77

Ledaig 19 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish

70cl, 51%
Tobermory

Deliciously well-peated single malt from the Toberymory distillery, released under their Ledaig name. This particularly limited edition release is a 19 year old whisky finished in casks that…  More info

Ledaig 19 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish
$133.04

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
$101.09

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
$65.72

Ledaig 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

An independently bottled Ledaig single malt, distilled in 1999 and set aside to age until 2015, when Gordon & MacPhail bottled it as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. Lovely, peaty Island…  More info

Ledaig 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$61.44

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 53%
Tobermory

Peated single malt Scotch whisky from the Tobermory distillery, released under their Ledaig name. This was distilled in 2007 and aged in a single hogshead until it was bottled in 2016 by The Whisky…  More info

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)
$90.75

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
$171.72

Lochranza Founders' Reserve - 90s

70cl, 40%
Arran

An incredibly rare and very collectible whisky bottled for those who invested in the Arran distillery when it was first built. Lochranza is a blend made with a large proportion of malt from the…  More info

Lochranza Founders' Reserve - 90s
$166.10

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
8
$21.16

Robert Burns Single Malt

70cl, 43%
Arran

A single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery, celebrating the famed Scottish poet, Robert Burns. This tasty bottling is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation, making it perfect for…  More info

Robert Burns Single Malt
10
$33.26

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
$199.10

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
$44.00

Scapa Skiren

70cl, 40%
Scapa

A 2015 addition to the Scapa range, the Skiren is a handsomely honey'd single malt Scotch whisky which has been distilled in the Scotch whisky industry's only remaining working Lomond Still! It was…  More info

Scapa Skiren
17
$41.35

Talisker 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

A classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye. Always highly rated, this was an Editor's Choice at Whisky Magazine. Lots of spice and fresh, tangy peat.  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old
217
$39.85

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
$59.14

Talisker 2006 (bottled 2016) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

A Distillers Edition bottling of single malt from the Talisker distillery on the rugged Isle of Skye. This was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2016 after a finishing period in Amoroso casks, then…  More info

Talisker 2006 (bottled 2016) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$75.14

Talisker 25 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

This right here is a 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Talisker distillery, released in 2013 in a batch of 5772 bottles. Spectacular stuff from the beautiful island of Skye.  More info

Talisker 25 Year Old
$281.59

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