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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 (cask 1607) - The Single Cask

70cl, 45.8%
Arran

Arran single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in October 1996 and independently bottled in June 2016 at 19 years old. It was independently bottled by The Single Cask at 45.8% ABV. 102 bottles were…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 1607) - The Single Cask
$81.11

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 2

70cl, 55.2%
Arran

A second batch of Arran's Bothy, initially matured in first fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels of various vintages before being finished in American oak quarter casks for at least 18 months.…  More info

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 2
$55.66

Isle of Jura Superstition

70cl, 43%
Isle of Jura

A single malt made up of different ages, 13 percent of which is said to be heavily peated... It turns out Stevie was wrong, Superstition is the way!  More info

Isle of Jura Superstition
73
$37.36

Isle of Jura 21 Year Old

70cl, 44%
Isle of Jura

Previously discontinued in 2009, it's great to see Isle of Jura 21 Year Old back, and in award-winning form.  More info

Isle of Jura 21 Year Old
$102.83

Arran 2006 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Arran

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Arran distillery on the Isle of Arran, distilled in 2006. It was bottled in 2016 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Arran 2006 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$39.59

Highland Park Harald (Warriors Series)

70cl, 40%
Highland Park

Released for the European travel retail market, Harald is the third of six no age statement expressions (that go up in price from one to six) in the Warrior series from Highland Park. Harald Fairhair…  More info

Highland Park Harald (Warriors Series)
2
$69.57

Highland Park 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Highland Park

This is a handsome gift pack from Highland Park containing their top natch 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky and two branded glasses. A well known expression, the Highland Park 12 Year Old is…  More info

Highland Park 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$38.27

Isle of Jura 30 Year Old

70cl, 44%
Isle of Jura

Jura's new 30 year old was nicknamed after the Standing Stone (the Carnas an Staca) - the name of the Isle of Jura's eight standing stones. These are the remains of an ancient stone circle which was…  More info

Isle of Jura 30 Year Old
3
$413.83

Talisker Skye

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

Talisker Skye was introduced in early 2015, named after the beautiful island on which the distillery resides. This expression brings with it a more well-rounded and sweet flavour profile packed with…  More info

Talisker Skye
45
$40.48

Highland Park 28 Year Old 1986 (cask 2264) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.9%
Highland Park

28 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. This handsome fellow was distilled on the island of Orkney in June 1986 and aged in cask…  More info

Highland Park 28 Year Old 1986 (cask 2264) - Mackillop's Choice
$288.46

Isle of Jura Origin 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Isle of Jura

A core bottling from the Isle of Jura's only distillery. This 10 year old has exhibits the distillery's classic oily, briny characteristics.  More info

Isle of Jura Origin 10 Year Old
58
$28.99

Ledaig 1996 Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 46.3%
Tobermory

A 1996 vintage Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky from Tobermory, which has been given a finishing period in Oloroso Sherry casks. Interestingly, this expression has been made using some of the first…  More info

Ledaig 1996 Sherry Cask Finish
$98.67

Tobermory 21 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.2%
Tobermory

This is That Boutique-y Whisky Company's fourth batch of unpeated Tobermory single malt. You can tell it's unpeated because the Alan Partridge character called Pete has a red line through his face as…  More info

Tobermory 21 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$69.57

Tobermory 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

One of a pair of Tobermory 20 year olds released in early 2016 by Murray McDavid. This one spent its time in three cask types - a bourbon barrel, a Sherry hogshead and finally a Vosne-Romanée red…  More info

Tobermory 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
1
$123.61

Scapa Skiren

70cl, 40%
Scapa

A 2015 addition to the Scapa range, the Skiren is a handsomely honey'd single malt Scotch whisky which has been distilled in the Scotch whisky industry's only remaining working Lomond Still! It was…  More info

Scapa Skiren
15
$39.83

Talisker Dark Storm 1l

100cl, 45.8%
Talisker

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, Talisker's Dark Storm is matured in heavily charred oak casks, imparting yet more smoke and spice to the already intensely smoky whisky. A fantastic…  More info

Talisker Dark Storm 1l
29
$65.60

Highland Park 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Highland Park

The entry level bottling from Scotland's most northerly distillery, Highland Park, aged for 12 years with plenty of citrus and green notes.  More info

Highland Park 12 Year Old
137
$28.58

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 6

70cl, 52.4%
Arran

The 6th batch of cask strength 12 year old single malt from the Arran distillery, bottled in May 2016 with an outturn of 13,800 bottles. Top stuff, showing off all the yummy bits of Arran's excellent…  More info

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 6
$49.07

Highland Park 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Highland Park

15 year old single malt from Orkney's Highland Park Distillery, which was re-released in 2016. Dig in to waves of coastal smoke and Sherried peels, with a good core of barley to follow it up.  More info

Highland Park 15 Year Old
2
$72.69

Talisker Neist Point

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

Initially launched for travel retail, Talisker Neist Point is named after Skye's most westerly point with the lighthouse depicted on the fold out box. It's a no age statement release that's said to…  More info

Talisker Neist Point
5
$96.02

Highland Park Dark Origins

70cl, 46.8%
Highland Park

Highland Park Dark Origins is a new core bottling that celebrates the early days of Magnus Eunson's illicit distilling on Orkney, back before the distillery was even founded in 1798. Magnus worked as…  More info

Highland Park Dark Origins
30
$66.46

Arran 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Arran

Following on from the previous limited edition 18 year old, Arran 18 year old has now become part of the core range! It's bottled without chill-filtration or artificial colouring.  More info

Arran 18 Year Old
1
$78.93

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 7

70cl, 46%
Arran

It's the Arran distillery's seventh batch of their Machrie Moor peated single malt Scotch whisky, named after a mystical peat bog on the west coast of Arran. Their seventh batch was released in the…  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 7
$44.07

Talisker Port Ruighe

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

You can spend years waiting for a new release in Talisker's core range then two come along at once! Hot on the heels of Talisker Storm in early 2013 comes Talisker's Port Ruighe, pronounced 'Port…  More info

Talisker Port Ruighe
11
$50.02

Highland Park Svein

100cl, 40%
Highland Park

Svein comes from Highland Park's Warrior series, which was released for the travel retail market. It's named after a legendary Viking leader known for his fiery temper but also for his boundless…  More info

Highland Park Svein
3
$50.87

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