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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.

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11327) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

8 year old Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky from the Tobermory distillery, bottled by Douglas Laing. This was distilled back in February 2008 and matured in a refill hogshead until August 2016, when…  More info

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11327) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.94

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

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

Robert Burns Single Malt

70cl, 43%
Arran

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

Robert Burns Single Malt
8
$32.41

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

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
$48.58

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
16
$41.42

Talisker 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.80%
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
262
$37.13

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

Talisker 2005 (bottled 2015) - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.80%
Talisker

A Classic Malts & Food gift pack containing a bottle of 2005 vintage Talisker Distillers Edition, which was finished in Amoroso Sherry casks before being bottled in 2015, along with a recipe book for…  More info

Talisker 2005 (bottled 2015) - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$66.96

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

70cl, 45.80%
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
2
$61.33

Talisker 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Talisker

A single barrel 6 year old Talisker bottled at 46% with no chill-filtration or artificial colouring. Distilled in December 2008 on the Isle of Skye and bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2015, the…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$85.92

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11178) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Talisker

A tasty Talisker, aged in a single cask for 8 years and independently bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. This was distilled back in April and bottled in May 2016 at 46% ABV.  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11178) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$60.48

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 12657) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Talisker

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye, aged in a single refill hogshead for 8 years. This was distilled in April 2008 and bottled in…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 12657) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$71.77

Talisker Dark Storm 1l

100cl, 45.80%
Talisker

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, Talisker's Dark Storm is matured in heavily charred oak casks, imparting yet more smoke and spice to the already intensely smoky whisky. A fantastic…  More info

Talisker Dark Storm 1l
26
$67.07

Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts

70cl, 48%
Talisker

A Diageo Friends of the Classic Malts bottling of 12 year old Talisker single malt, which has been triple matured - it was initially aged in refill casks, and then was moved over to charred American…  More info

Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts
$96.05

Talisker Gift Pack (3 x 20cl)

60cl, 49.50%
Talisker

An excellent gift pack of single malts from the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye. This set features 3 20cl bottles, including a Talisker 10 Year Old (45.8% ABV), a Distillers Edition (45.8%…  More info

Talisker Gift Pack (3 x 20cl)
$48.58

Talisker Neist Point

70cl, 45.80%
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
4
$99.87

Talisker Port Ruighe

70cl, 45.80%
Talisker

You can spend years waiting for a new release in Talisker's core range then two come along at once! Hot on the heels of Talisker Storm in early 2013 comes Talisker's Port Ruighe, pronounced 'Port…  More info

Talisker Port Ruighe
13
$52.02

Talisker Port Ruighe - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.80%
Talisker

Port Ruighe (pronounced Portree, as in the largest town on the Isle of Skye), is finished in Port casks after initial maturation in American and European Oak refill casks as well as casks that have…  More info

Talisker Port Ruighe - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$54.85

Talisker Skye

70cl, 45.80%
Talisker

Talisker Skye was introduced in early 2015, named after the beautiful island on which the distillery resides. This expression brings with it a more well-rounded and sweet flavour profile packed with…  More info

Talisker Skye
42
$42.10

Talisker Storm

70cl, 45.80%
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
113
$43.10

Tobermory 10 Year Old

70cl, 46.30%
Tobermory

A gentle, affable 10 year old single malt from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Now at the higher strength of 46.3%...  More info

Tobermory 10 Year Old
29
$38.20

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

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

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