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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 18 Year Old (Limited Edition)

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 (Limited Edition)
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$97.14

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)
$112.52

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)
$109.37

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)
$93.22

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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$98.99

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 896928) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 50.50%
Arran

Sherry matured single cask 18 year old Arran! The puncheon was filled on 8th August 1996 and subsequently emptied on 4th August 2015 (just days before it was 19). The size of the cask (big) means…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 896928) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$97.93

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)
$104.12

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11885) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Arran

An independently bottled Arran single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead for 19 years! This was distilled on the Isle of Arran in September 1996 and bottled in September 2015 by Hunter…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11885) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$103.33

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)
$104.11

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

70cl, 51.50%
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)
$99.64

Arran 1997 Rowan Tree - Icons of Arran

70cl, 46%
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%
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, 54.60%
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%
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)
$47.63

Arran 2004 (bottled 2012) Orkney Bere Barley

70cl, 46%
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, 56.20%
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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$70.99

Arran 2005 Bourbon Cask Peated

70cl, 57.70%
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%
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)
$42.68

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)
$31.55

Arran Bourbon Cask Finish (2010)

70cl, 57.10%
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)
$64.45

Arran Bourgogne Cask Finish

70cl, 56.50%
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 Grand Cru Champagne Finish

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 Finish
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Arran Jamaican Rum Finish

70cl, 58.60%
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
$63.04

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
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$47.17

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