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

70cl, 50.1%
Arran

A Gleann Mór bottling of 19 year old Arran single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask! It was distilled in March 1996 and bottled in October 2015 at 50.1% ABV, with 245 bottles produced.  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
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Arran 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 11089) Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Arran

19 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Arran distillery, residing on the island from which it took its name. It was distilled in February 1997 and allowed to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 11089) Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Arran 1997 Rowan Tree - Icons of Arran

70cl, 46.0%
Arran

This is part two in the very handsome looking Icons of Arran series. This features a Rowan Tree, a tree whose dense wood is suitable for both walking stick manufacture, and magician's staves.  More info

Arran 1997 Rowan Tree - Icons of Arran

Arran 1998 Westie - Icons of Arran

70cl, 46.0%
Arran

Released as part of Arran's Icons of Arran range (commemorating the symbols of Island life), this 1998 vintage features a picture of Ruaraidh, Arran's beloved Westie. It was made using twenty two…  More info

Arran 1998 Westie - Icons of Arran
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Arran 1999 15th Anniversary Amontillado Finish

70cl, 54.6%
Arran

A superb whisky, released to celebrate Arran's 15th anniversary. This was distilled in 1999 and finished in Amontillado sherry casks before bottling in Spring 2010 as part of a release of 5,460…  More info

Arran 1999 15th Anniversary Amontillado Finish

Arran 2000 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Arran

An Arran from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled in 2000, it was bottled in 2013 following a maturation period spent in refill bourbon casks.  More info

Arran 2000 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Arran 2004 (bottled 2012) Orkney Bere Barley

70cl, 46.0%
Arran

A wonderful 2004 vintage from the Isle of Arran distillery, this little gem was distilled using Bere barley (a very old strain of barley which has been used traditionally for centuries) grown on…  More info

Arran 2004 (bottled 2012) Orkney Bere Barley
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Arran 2004 (bottled 2014) Orkney Bere Barley

70cl, 56.2%
Arran

Arran's Orkney Bere Barley single malt returns, and at cask strength, too! This release sees the Isle of Arran distillers teaming up with the the University of the Highlands and Islands Orkney…  More info

Arran 2004 (bottled 2014) Orkney Bere Barley
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$64.84

Arran 2005 Bourbon Cask Peated

70cl, 57.7%
Arran

Very unusual to find a peated Arran, this was distilled on the 12th December 2005 and aged in a bourbon cask. Oddly, they bottled it on the 7th December 2009 - just 5 days away from this whisky's 4th…  More info

Arran 2005 Bourbon Cask Peated
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Arran 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Arran

Independently bottled single malt from the Arran distillery, way out on the Isle of Arran. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPahil for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Arran 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

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

70cl, 46.0%
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, 55.0%
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
$96.95

Arran 7 Year Old Non-Chillfiltered

70cl, 46.0%
Arran

The 46% Arran Non-Chillfiltered, bottled as a 7 years old, no longer part of Arran's core range.  More info

Arran 7 Year Old Non-Chillfiltered
$36.72

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

70cl, 43.0%
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)
$56.90

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, 50.0%
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, 43.0%
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
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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
$90.71

Arran Grand Cru Champagne Cask Finish 59%

70cl, 59.0%
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%
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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
$55.65

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 2

70cl, 46.0%
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
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$41.65

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 3

70cl, 46.0%
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
$44.92

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 4

70cl, 46.0%
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
$45.30

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 5

70cl, 46.0%
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
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$47.54

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