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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.

Jura 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

By Jove, it's an independently bottle Jura single malt! This 7 year whisky is presented in a gorgeous decanter that's covered in alliteration and is described as being subtly smoky, spicy and…  More info

Jura 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
1
$70.98

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 2

70cl, 53.60%
Arran

The second batch of the Arran Malt 12 Year old Cask Strength enjoyed a maturation in sherry casks, 17 of them first-fill sherry butts and 4 second-fill sherry hogsheads, enhancing the classic Isle of…  More info

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 2
1
$55.79

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
1
$71.92

Ledaig - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 57.10%
Tobermory

Batch 1 of Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company has been let loose! Now then, why is the chap on the label so angry? Where did he get a sledgehammer at this hour? Wait…  More info

Ledaig - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
2

Jura 21 Year Old 1992 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46.80%
Isle of Jura

An indie bottling of 21 year old Jura whisky, distilled in 1992, matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in February 2014 by Cadenhead with an outturn of 114 bottles. A top Island distillery and a…  More info

Jura 21 Year Old 1992 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)
$76.16

Ledaig 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10034) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Tobermory

The Tobermory distillery uses the name Ledaig for their peated whisky, which this delicious dram certainly is. Bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range in September 2013 after the…  More info

Ledaig 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10034) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$78.25

Talisker 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 54.60%
Talisker

Famously described as being "totes amaze", this is a fabulous 35 year old Talisker from Diageo's 2012 Special Releases. It was distilled in 1977 and aged in both refill American oak and European oak…  More info

Talisker 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)
1
$702.71

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
1
$56.90

Highland Park 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 3214) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 49.40%
Highland Park

Single cask 24 year old Highland Park single malt, bottled by Càrn Mòr as part of a very special Celebration of the Cask Black Gold series. If you couldn't already tell from the picture, it was…  More info

Highland Park 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 3214) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
1
$327.09

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
$50.74

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Talisker

Independently bottled single cask Talisker, matured in a refill hogshead for 6 years. The distillery on the Isle of Skye filled the cask in 2008 and left it to age until it was opened for Hepburn's…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$56.01

Highland Park 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10230) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Highland Park

An Old Particular bottling of 17 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in September 1996 and bottled in April 2014. Drawn from a single hogshead, this coastal, smoky dram should…  More info

Highland Park 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10230) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$113.24

Ledaig 7 Year Old 2005 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

A cracking 7 year old from Carn Mor, taken from 2 casks as part of their Strictly Limited range. Ledaig always shows well at a young age (IMHO(tep is invisible)).  More info

Ledaig 7 Year Old 2005 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Tobermory 19 Year Old 1994 (cask 9910) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tobermory

"No chill filtration. No colouring. No nonsense." Hunter Laing, you are talking our language with your Old Malt Cask range, especially when you release single malt whiskies like this single cask…  More info

Tobermory 19 Year Old 1994 (cask 9910) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$104.75

Arran Malt Millennium Casks Edition 2013

70cl, 53.50%
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
$85.15

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 363 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Talisker

From the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye comes this 6 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2008 and left to mature until 2014, when…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 363 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$53.90

Ledaig 16 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

Ooh, a 16 year old Ledaig! This is peated single malt from the Tobermory distillery, whom also produce unpeated single malt (released under the Tobermory name). This was bottled by WM Cadenhead for…  More info

Ledaig 16 Year Old -  Duthies (WM Cadenhead)
$53.45

Isle Of Jura 35 Year Old 1976 - Feith A' Chaorainn

70cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

A very rare expression from Isle of Jura, named Feith A' Chaorainn, which translates to 'The lands around the Rowan'. The Rowan Tree on the Island of Jura is believed to bring good luck, so obviously…  More info

Isle Of Jura 35 Year Old 1976 - Feith A' Chaorainn
1
$629.76

Arran Premium Single Cask 1998 (cask 815) - Sherry Cask

70cl, 55.30%
Arran

A single cask bottling from the Arran distillery. This island single malt was distilled in June 1998 and filled into a Sherry cask (#815). In February 2014, the cask was emptied and the whisky became…  More info

Arran Premium Single Cask 1998 (cask 815) - Sherry Cask
$79.91

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 3

70cl, 53.90%
Arran

Arran are changing pace just a little bit with their third batch of 12 Year Old Cask Strength single malt Scotch whisky. It features a higher percentage of whisky matured in Sherry casks than…  More info

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 3
2
$53.91

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)
$108.18

Tobermory - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.90%
Tobermory

Goodness gracious! What on Earth has happened here?!? This is worse than that time we went for a nap in the Temple of Time! The boat... the flag... the balloon... the duck(!)... Where has all the fun…  More info

Tobermory - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

An indie bottling of peated single malt from the Tobermory distillery, released under the Ledaig name (as all their peated whiskies are). It was distilled in 1997 and matured in 2 hogshead casks for…  More info

Ledaig 16 Year Old 1997 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$79.45

Talisker "Young & Feisty" (casks 10227+10229) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Talisker

Celebrate Spring with this bottling of Talisker single malt from the Isle of Skye, which has been described by Douglas Laing as being "Young & Feisty", perhaps one of our favourite ways to personify…  More info

Talisker
$64.17

Highland Park 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9242) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.80%
Highland Park

A Directors' Cut bottling of 21 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, distilled on the Orkney Islands in February 1991, matured in a refill butt until December 2012. 227 bottles of this…  More info

Highland Park 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9242) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$159.62

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