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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.

Arran 13 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Arran

A beautiful single cask Arran distilled in Winter of 1997, aged for 13 years in a refill butt and bottled in Autumn of 2011 for the Provenance range. Spiced and flavoursome!  More info

Arran 13 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$51.76

Arran 14 Year Old With Tasting Glass

70cl, 46%
Arran

A bottle of the excellent 14 year old Arran - released in 2010 to replace the 10 year old. This was finished in a mix of fresh bourbon and sherry hogsheads for two years before bottling, and the…  More info

Arran 14 Year Old With Tasting Glass
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$56.76

Arran 15 Year Old 1996 - Cask 1968

70cl, 53.90%
Arran

Distilled in 1996, this is a superb single cask whisky from the Isle of Arran. It was aged in sherry cask number 1968 for 15 years before bottling and there are just 263 bottles.  More info

Arran 15 Year Old 1996 - Cask 1968

Arran 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Arran

This was distilled at the Arran distillery in July 1996. It was then aged for 15 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range from Duncan Taylor in July 2011. A…  More info

Arran 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$74.97

Arran 15 Year Old 1997 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Arran

The independent bottler Carn Mor has bottled this fifteen year old single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery. The whisky has been bottled without chill filtration to retain all of the flavour and…  More info

Arran 15 Year Old 1997 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$49.90

Arran 15 Year Old 1997 Cask 9273 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Arran

This is a single cask Arran from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in January 1997 before a 15 year maturation in a refill hogshead. It was bottled in late 2012 and there are just…  More info

Arran 15 Year Old 1997 Cask 9273 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$79.46

Arran 16 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Arran

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

Arran 16 Year Old
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$71.75

Arran 16 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt) 55.4%

70cl, 55.40%
Arran

This is a sweet, fruity whisky from the Isle of Arran and it was aged in a single cask (a refill sherry hogshead). The cask was laid down on the 13th June 1996, aged for 16 years and bottled on the…  More info

Arran 16 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt) 55.4%
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Arran 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 9753) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Arran

A fabulous 16 year old Arran from independent bottlers Douglas Laing. Matured in a single Sherry butt after distillation during the summer of 1996, it was bottled as part of the Provenance range in…  More info

Arran 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 9753) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$75.84

Arran 16 Year Old 1996 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53.90%
Arran

This is an astounding single cask whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery. It was distilled on the 8th August 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a first-fill sherry puncheon. We bottled it on the…  More info

Arran 16 Year Old 1996 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Arran 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 2) (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Arran

So it seems Berry Bros. & Rudd are getting into whiskies with interesting finishes! This 16 year old Arran single malt, from the Isle of Arran, spent an undisclosed amount of time near the end of its…  More info

Arran 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 2) (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$77.14

Arran 16 Year Old 1997 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Arran

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

Arran 16 Year Old 1997 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$73.53

Arran 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 98820) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 56.80%
Arran

From the Rest & be Thankful Whisky Company's selection of independently bottled whiskies comes a 16 year old single malt from the Arran distillery, matured in a single bourbon cask. Back in June…  More info

Arran 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 98820) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$83.51

Arran 17 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Arran

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

Arran 17 Year Old
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$77.84

Arran 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 1417) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52%
Arran

Single malt Scotch whisky distilled on the Isle of Arran in September 1996 and bottled 17 years later by Càrn Mòr in February 2014. 319 bottles were produced for the Celebration of the Cask range.  More info

Arran 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 1417) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$84.45

Arran 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 9983) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Arran

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…  More info

Arran 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 9983) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$98.38

Arran 17 Year Old 1996 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53.60%
Arran

This tasty little rascal comes from the distillery on the Isle of Arran, and was matured for 17 years in one cask, before being bottled by Master of Malt (that's us). It matured in a refill hogshead…  More info

Arran 17 Year Old 1996 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Arran 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 1) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Arran

An ex-Marsala-cask-finished Arran single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. This island whisky was distilled in 1997 and bottled 17 years later, in 2014, presented at 46% ABV.…  More info

Arran 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 1) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$93.48

Arran 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Arran

The finale in a trilogy of releases from the Arran distillery, this is an 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky, matured exclusively in ex-Sherry hogsheads. 9,000 bottles were produced of this…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old
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$95.86

Arran 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10852) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Arran

18 year old Arran single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the wonderful Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. This Island malt was distilled in December 1995 and left to mature in a refill hogshead…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10852) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$111.03

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10473) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Arran

An 18 year old Arran single malt, distilled at the island distillery in August 1996 and left to mature in a refill hoggie. 18 years later, in September 2014, that hoggie was cracked open and the…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10473) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$107.92

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10529) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Arran

A Douglas Laing bottling of Arran single malt, matured in a single refill hogshead for 18 years and bottled by Douglas Laing. This Island whisky was distilled on Arran in August 1996 and bottled in…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10529) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$91.98

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 2135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.60%
Arran

Ah, Arran single malt! Lovely stuff from a fabulous Island distillery. This is an independent bottling of Arran single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1996 and matured in a single Sherry…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 2135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
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$97.68

Arran 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10840) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Arran

We love an Arran, and we love an Old Particular bottling - this one matured for 18 years in a refill hogshead, developing raw honey and orange peel notes.  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10840) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$95.61

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 48.80%
Arran

Rather well aged single malt Scotch whisky from the Arran distillery, bottled by Gleann Mór for the A Rare Find range. This was set aside to age by the island distillers in July 1996 and bottled…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$102.73

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