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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.

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Talisker Skye
(70cl, 45.80%)
Talisker Skye was introduced in early 2015, named after the beautiful island on which the distillery resides. This expression brings with it a well-rounded flavour profile packed with fresh citrus...  More info
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$57.93
Single malt Scotch whisky from the Jura distillery, matured in 2 Sherry butts for 8 years. It was bottled for the Single Minded range by Douglas Laing.  More info
$49.17
A Provenance bottling of "young & feisty" Talisker single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the winter of 2008. This bottling was produced using two casks, which were cracked open and bottled in summer...  More info
$82.64
Cask strength Scapa single malt from the turn of the century. This whisky from the isle of Orkney was distilled in February 2000 and left to mature for 14 years before being bottled by Chivas in...  More info
$69.67
Single malt Scotch whisky from the Jura distillery, released as part of their Elements range. The 'Water' expression was the oldest of the quartet released for the Elements range, being distilled in...  More info
$250.74
A 1 litre bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Highland Park distillery, which was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2012. With a good portion of the whisky having been matured in American...  More info
$89.17
Highland Park Svein
(100cl, 40%)
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
$72.81
Highland Park Einar 1l
(100cl, 40%)
From Highland Park's travel retail Warrior series comes Einar, a bold, intense dram which have been matured mostly in American oak casks. It's packed with smoky peat, sweet vanilla and subtle tropical...  More info
$87.52
Named for the longships which Vikings used to travel around in, the Highland Park Drakkar was originally released for the Travel Retail market. With a good portion of Sherry-cask-matured single malt...  More info
$77.85
The Ambassador's Choice from Highland Park is a 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured using a proportion of American oak casks, bestowing rich vanilla upon the island whisky...  More info
$78.22
A Duncan Taylor Tantalus bottling of 45 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1968. Yes, we quite agree - that does sound pretty remarkable indeed. Duncan...  More info
$3013.35
The 2014 bottling of Talisker single malt Scotch whisky Distillers Edition, which was distilled in 2003. After the initial maturation, the Talisker Distillers Editions are given a finishing period in...  More info
$81.55
Oooh, 18 year old Highland Park bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. This handsome Orcadian single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in November 1995 and matured in a single refill...  More info
$146.80
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
$136.61
This was distilled at Highland Park on the 27th June 1986, before ageing for 24 years in a single hogshead. Bottled by Signatory on the 17th January 2011. A release of 216 bottles.  More info
Distilled at Highland Park on the 13th December 1990, this was aged for 20 years in sherry butt number 15693 before bottling by Signatory on the 13th May 2011. A release of 281 bottles.  More info
Distilled at the Highland Park on the 30th June 1987, this was aged in two hogsheads for 23 years, before bottling on the 25th November 2010. A release of 611 bottles.  More info
Distilled at Tobermory in 1994, this was aged in a bourbon cask of 16 years, some of which time was spent in Islay at the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was bottled by Murray McDavid. A release of...  More info
A beautiful 12 year old Highland Park bottled for the Alchemist. Malty, briny and full of heather honey. We love it.  More info
The final release in the cult-favourite, uber-collectable collection from Highland Park: "the Magnus series". Earl Haakon was a character in the Orkney Inga Saga, who murdered his cousin, Magnus (the...  More info
The Isle of Mull blend was launched in 2010 by Neil Morrison and Calum Maclean, both of whom were Tobermory locals. This is a smooth, rich blend with hints of apple crumble. Mmm!  More info
$32.65
Distilled at Arran in 1999 and aged for 11 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in 2011. Non chillfiltered and non caramel coloured (thus the name).  More info
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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
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A limited release of 263 bottles from cask number 981, this is a rich, spicy Highland Park which was distilled in 1997 and was bottled in 2011 by Adelphi.  More info
This is a sweet, fruity whisky from the Isle of Arran and it was aged in a single cask (a refill sherry hogshead). The cask was laid down on the 13th June 1996, aged for 16 years and bottled on the...  More info
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