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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.

Talisker 17 Year Old Manager's Dram

70cl, 55.2%
Talisker

A rare Talisker single malt whisky bottled in 2011 for Diageo staff at natural cask strength. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get…  More info

Talisker 17 Year Old Manager's Dram

Isle of Jura 14 Year Old 1998 (cask 788277) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54%
Isle of Jura

Duncan Taylor bottled this 14 year old Jura at a full 54% abv in October 2012.  More info

Isle of Jura 14 Year Old 1998 (cask 788277) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Highland Park 1978 - Vintage Collection

70cl, 47.8%
Highland Park

A rare release from the Highland Park Vintage Collection. This 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the island of Orkney was originally launched as a travel retail exclusive.  More info

Highland Park 1978 - Vintage Collection

Highland Park 1998 1l

100cl, 40%
Highland Park

This was launched in April 2010 for the Travel Retail market, and is a full litre bottling of 1998 vintage Highland Park. Lots of fruit and manuka honey, and aged for 12 years in American bourbon oak.  More info

Highland Park 1998 1l
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Highland Park Hjarta 12 Year Old

70cl, 58.1%
Highland Park

A rare limited release 12 year old Highland Park, created for the Scandinavian market, there are 3,900 bottles of this in the world.  More info

Highland Park Hjarta 12 Year Old

Highland Park 12 Year Old St Magnus Festival 2006 Limited Edition

70cl, 40%
Highland Park

Part of a limited release of just 500 bottles from Highland Park. This was bottled for the St Magnus Festival in 2006 - an art festival founded in 1977 by Orkney's Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. The 2006…  More info

Highland Park 12 Year Old St Magnus Festival 2006 Limited Edition

Isle of Jura 1974

70cl, 44.5%
Isle of Jura

From Whyte and Mackay's Rare and Prestige range, this was finished in Gonzalez-Byass Matusalem Oloroso sherry.  More info

Isle of Jura 1974
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Talisker 20 Year Old (2002 Release)

70cl, 62%
Talisker

A sherry matured, cask strength 20 year old from the Isle of Skye Talisker distillery, distilled in 1981.  More info

Talisker 20 Year Old (2002 Release)

Talisker 30 Year Old (2007 Release)

70cl, 51%
Talisker

Part of Talisker's yearly release of 30 year olds, all of which have been fantastic, and really well-received. This is the 2007 release, matured in a mix of refill American and European oak.  More info

Talisker 30 Year Old (2007 Release)

Talisker 175th Anniversary

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

This was released to commemorate Talisker's 175th Birthday in 2005. This is part of a release of 60,000 bottles, crafted by Diageo's Maureen Robinson. This special anniversary edition contains…  More info

Talisker 175th Anniversary
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Talisker 30 Year Old (2008 Release)

70cl, 49.5%
Talisker

The 2008 release of Talisker 30 year old. This was matured in a mix of refill European and American oak casks. An outturn of under 3,000 bottles, each is individually numbered.  More info

Talisker 30 Year Old (2008 Release)

Talisker 25 Year Old (2007 Release)

70cl, 58.1%
Talisker

We look forward to this avidly every year, another great annual release of 25 year old Talisker, this cask strength was released in 2007 and offers a touch more sherry than other editions. Part of an…  More info

Talisker 25 Year Old (2007 Release)

Scapa 14 Year Old 1992 (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 60.6%
Scapa

A cask strength bottling from the Scapa, distilled in 1992 and aged for 14 years.  More info

Scapa 14 Year Old 1992 (Chivas Brothers)

Pinwhinnie Royal Blended Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%
Arran

Pinwinnie Royale is a blended whisky from Moffat and Towers Ltd. This has been discontinued.  More info

Pinwhinnie Royal Blended Scotch Whisky
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Ledaig Sherry Finish

70cl, 42%
Tobermory

Peaty releases from the Tobermory distillery are bottled under the name Ledaig (pronounced Led-chig). Ledaig is Gaelic for 'safe haven'. This was finished in sherry casks.  More info

Ledaig Sherry Finish

Isle of Jura 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Isle of Jura

The 18 year old was release to replace the Isle of Jura 21, and this was matured in Oloroso sherry and American white oak casks.  More info

Isle of Jura 18 Year Old
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Isle of Jura 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Isle of Jura

A 1991 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Isle of Jura 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Arran Sherry Cask Finish (2007 Release)

70cl, 57%
Arran

A rich, fruity offering from the Isle of Arran distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1998 and matured in sherry casks before being bottled at cask strength in 2007.  More info

Arran Sherry Cask Finish (2007 Release)

House Of Lords Blended Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%
Arran

A blended scotch whisky named for the House of Lords.  More info

House Of Lords Blended Scotch Whisky
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Mackinlay's Blended Scotch Whisky

150cl, 40%
Arran

Mackinlays is a great blend based around malt whisky from the Glenkinchie distillery.  More info

Mackinlay's Blended Scotch Whisky
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Isle Of Skye 8 Year Old 35cl (Ian Macleod)

35cl, 40%
Arran

A half bottle of Ian Macleod's 8 year old blend. Great quality, with a good Speyside and Island malt whisky content. Jim Murray describes Isle of Skye 8 as "a textbook blend".  More info

Isle Of Skye 8 Year Old 35cl (Ian Macleod)

Isle Of Skye 50 Year Old (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 50%
Arran

A 50 year old blend with a high malt content. This is based on the whiskies of Speyside and Island, with the Isle of Skye's Talisker adding its rich character, a touch of Islay malt too.  More info

Isle Of Skye 50 Year Old (Ian Macleod)

Arran 10 Year Old + Nosing Glasses

70cl, 43%
Arran

A 10 year old single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery, this fine whisky boasts the acclaim of a Silver Medal from the 2003 International Wine and Spirits Competition. This comes with a pair of…  More info

Arran 10 Year Old + Nosing Glasses

Arran Premier Cru Sauternes Finish (Haut Peyraguey)

70cl, 56%
Arran

This cask strength from the Isle of Arran distillery comes from a release of just 312 bottles and has been finished for 9 months in a Premier Cru Sauternes cask from Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey.  More info

Arran Premier Cru Sauternes Finish (Haut Peyraguey)

Highland Park 1970 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Highland Park

Distilled in 1970 at the Highland Park distillery and aged in sherry before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 2008.  More info

Highland Park 1970 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

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