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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 2006 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Arran

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of single malt from the beautiful isle of Arran, distilled back in 2006. It was bottled in 2015 by the excellent Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Arran 2006 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Arran 2007 Amarone Cask Finish

70cl, 55%
Arran

Arran single malt Scotch whisky finished in casks that previously held Amarone wine - a dry Italian red made with Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes. This was a release of 3,220 bottles.  More info

Arran 2007 Amarone Cask Finish
$94.64

Arran 21st Anniversary

70cl, 52.6%
Arran

A limited edition bottling of single malt from the Arran distillery on the eponymous island, celebrating their 21st anniversary! This expression is made using whisky distilled during the first three…  More info

Arran 21st Anniversary
$154.24

Arran 9 Year Old 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Arran

A superbly fresh offering from the Isle of Arran distillery, this Connoisseur's Choice bottling from Gordon and MacPhail was distilled in 1998 before being aged for 9 years in sherry casks.  More info

Arran 9 Year Old 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Arran Bourbon Cask Finish (2010)

70cl, 57.1%
Arran

A cask strength release, from a single bourbon cask created and matured at the Arran distillery on the shores of Lochranza.  More info

Arran Bourbon Cask Finish (2010)
$55.54

Arran Bourgogne Cask Finish

70cl, 56.5%
Arran

A single malt from the Arran distillery finished for six months in casks which previously held Premier Cru Vosne Romanée red wine from Domaine Guyon in the Bourgogne region of France.  More info

Arran Bourgogne Cask Finish

Arran Fino Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 50%
Arran

Only 7980 bottles of this Arran single malt were released. Matured for 8 years in an ex-bourbon cask, this whisky enjoyed a further 9 months to finish in a Fino sherry cask from Valdespino.  More info

Arran Fino Sherry Cask Finish

Arran Founder's Reserve

70cl, 43%
Arran

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

Arran Founder's Reserve
6

Arran Grand Cru Champagne Cask Finish

70cl, 58.9%
Arran

A limited edition Arran finished in a Champagne cask! Not just any old Champagne cask either, a cask that previously held Grand Cru Champagne from Henri Giraud in Aÿ. This edition was bottled on 18th…  More info

Arran Grand Cru Champagne Cask Finish
$88.54

Arran Grand Cru Champagne Cask Finish 59%

70cl, 59%
Arran

This Isle of Arran single malt was rather lavishly finished in a Grand Cru Champagne cask and the release has been limited to just 307 bottles. It was awarded a bronze medal in 2005 by Malt Maniacs.  More info

Arran Grand Cru Champagne Cask Finish 59%
1

Arran Jamaican Rum Finish

70cl, 58.6%
Arran

An Isle of Arran cask strength release of just 260 bottles, matured in casks which previously held Jamaican rum which has imparted a thick, spicy richness to this single malt.  More info

Arran Jamaican Rum Finish
$54.32

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
$34.74

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 2

70cl, 46%
Arran

A peated whisky from Arran! The Machrie Moor is a peat bog on the western part of the Isle of Arran, and the dog on the bottle is called Bran!  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 2
1
$40.65

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 3

70cl, 46%
Arran

Distilled in 2004, this is a very interesting whisky from the Isle of Arran. Unusually for the distillery, this was distilled from peated malt, with a peating level of 14PPM. This is the third batch.  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 3
$43.85

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 4

70cl, 46%
Arran

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

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 4
$44.21

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 5

70cl, 46%
Arran

Named for the mysterious peat bog on the western side of Arran, the popular Machrie Moor single malt Scotch whiskies from the Arran distillery are peated, adding a core of earthy smokiness to their…  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 5
1
$46.41

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - First Edition

70cl, 58.4%
Arran

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

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - First Edition
$52.74

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - Second Edition

70cl, 58.2%
Arran

The second edition of Arran's Machrie Moor Cask Strength has landed! Peated to 20PPM, this has been bottled at a generous 58.2% ABV, resulting in a full-bodied flavour profile of classic Arran…  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - Second Edition
2
$53.67

Arran Madeira Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 50%
Arran

This Isle of Arran whisky exhibits all of the spicy, malty flavours one associates with Christmas, finished as it was in a cask which previously held Madeira.  More info

Arran Madeira Wine Cask Finish
$49.69

Arran Malt Millennium Casks Edition 2013

70cl, 53.5%
Arran

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

Arran Malt Millennium Casks Edition 2013
1
$74.19

Arran Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cask Finish (outturn: 315 bottles)

70cl, 56.9%
Arran

Bottled on 22nd November 2005, this Arran single malt was finished in a single cask that previously held Villa Gemma Montepulciano d'Abruzzo red wine from The House of Masciarelli.  More info

Arran Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cask Finish (outturn: 315 bottles)
$94.18

Arran Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Finish (outturn: 317)

70cl, 56.9%
Arran

Bottled in November 2005, this Isle of Arran cask strength release spent time in a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo cask and was limited to just 317 bottles.  More info

Arran Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Finish (outturn: 317)

Arran Moscatel Cask Finish

70cl, 55%
Arran

Just 5,730 bottles of this Arran whisky were released, finished in Moscatel casks from the Setúbal Peninsula in Portugal.  More info

Arran Moscatel Cask Finish
2

Arran Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 55%
Arran

Finished in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso cask, just 816 bottles of this single malt were released in 2006 from the Isle of Arran having been finished for 10 months in this 'Cream Sherry' cask.  More info

Arran Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

Arran Port Cask Finish (2004 Release)

70cl, 57%
Arran

This Isle of Arran single malt enjoyed maturation in ex-sherry cask before being finished in a Port cask. A rare release, an outturn of just 825 bottles, bottled in 2004.  More info

Arran Port Cask Finish (2004 Release)

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