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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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Bottled in 2005, this single malt from the Arran distillery enjoyed maturation in a sherry cask before being finished in a first fill Port cask for superb fruity complexity. A release of 888 bottles...  More info
Bottled in November 2005, this Isle of Arran cask strength release spent time in a Montepulciano D'Abruzzo cask and was limited to just 315 bottles.  More info
This Isle of Arran single malt enjoyed maturation in ex-sherry cask before being finished in a Port cask. A rare release, an outturn of just 825 bottles, bottled in 2004.  More info
Finished in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso cask, just 816 bottles of this single malt were released in 2006 from the Isle of Arran having been finished for 10 months in this 'Cream Sherry' cask.  More info
The 10 year old from Isle of Jura, this one has all of the oily, malty, briny flavours you'd expcet from the island distillery.  More info
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A 10 year old bottling to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Isle of Arran distillery. Bottled in an attractive decanter, this release has been limited to 1,200 bottles.  More info
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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
Just 5,730 bottles of this Arran whisky were released, finished in Moscatel casks from the Setúbal Peninsula in Portugal.  More info
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A 12 year old single malt whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery, named for the renowned Scottish poet, Robert Burns.  More info
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
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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
A rare half-bottle of 1985 Highland Park from the Signatory range.  More info
An intense rollercoaster ride of spice and chilli heat. We love the annual Talisker 25 release, and this, 2004's, is as great as ever!  More info
The volcanic power of Talisker caressed with the juicy, fruity character of an Amroso sherry cask. This 1996 distillers edition is superb, particularly in balance, with a tarry, thick mouthfeel...  More info
A great natural cask strength 25 year old from Talisker. This was matured in refill American Oak casks and released in 2006. Highly recommended.  More info
A vintage release from the Talisker distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1993 and finished in Amoroso sherry casks. A great example from Diageo's range of distillers editions.  More info
A single cask from Orkney. This was distilled at Scapa in October 1993 and matured for 16 years in a refill hogshead before bottling January 2010 by Douglas Laing. An outturn of 314 bottles.  More info
A beautifully packaged Arran, with a rather splendid looking peacock on the tube and bottle. This is part of the Icons of Arran Distillery range, this will sell out quickly.  More info
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Billed as "an aromatically attractive Arran malt bottling" - and there was us thinking that learning about alliteration at school would never be useful in life. This is part of a Douglas Laing's...  More info
A vintage Highland Park. This single cask whisky was distilled in September 1981 and bottled in November 2006 from Claret finished cask number 3080, after 25 years of ageing! A release of 206 bottles...  More info
A cask strength, straight from the cask bottling of Scapa. This was distilled in 1993 and bottled by Chivas Brothers in 2009.  More info
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This was distilled in the Winter of 1996 and matured for 10 years in two casks (refill hogsheads 3227 and 3228) before bottling for Douglas Laing's Provenance range in Winter of 2006.  More info
A single cask Highland Park. This was distilled on the 23rd April 1990 and aged for 13 years in cask number 3922 before bottling on the 9th December 2003. A release of 369 bottles from Signatory.  More info
A box set with the Paps trio from Isle of Jura. These are three 15 year old whiskies, limited to 1,366 bottles of each, and inspired by the Paps of Jura. The Mountain of the Sound single malt is...  More info
Replacing the now exhausted stock of the 1996, this distillers' edition is perhaps even better than the one it replaces. Finished in Amoroso Sherry butts for great depth of flavour.  More info
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