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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.

Highland Park 1978 - Vintage Collection

70cl, 47.80%
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
$463.47

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)

Arran Sassicaia Cask Finish

70cl, 55%
Arran

A 2008 limited edition of but 5,670 bottles, this superb whisky from Arran was aged for 8 years in sherry casks before being finished for 9 months in a Sassicaia red wine cask from Tuscany.  More info

Arran Sassicaia Cask Finish

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)
$1059.37

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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$59.17

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)

Talisker 25 Year Old (2008 Release)

70cl, 54.20%
Talisker

The 2008 release of Talisker's great 25 year old cask strength whisky. This was matured in a mix of refill American and European oak before bottling as part of an outturn of 6,708 bottles.  More info

Talisker 25 Year Old (2008 Release)

Arran Port Cask Finish (2005 Release)

70cl, 59.40%
Arran

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

Arran Port Cask Finish (2005 Release)
$56.05

Arran Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Finish

70cl, 56.90%
Arran

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

Arran Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Finish

Arran Port Cask Finish (2004 Release)

70cl, 57%
Arran

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

Arran Port Cask Finish (2004 Release)

Arran Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 55%
Arran

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

Arran Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

Isle of Jura 10 Year Old + Hip Flask

70cl, 40%
Isle of Jura

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

Isle of Jura 10 Year Old + Hip Flask
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Arran 10 Year Old (10th Anniversary Edition)

70cl, 46%
Arran

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

Arran 10 Year Old (10th Anniversary Edition)

Arran Jamaican Rum Finish

70cl, 58.60%
Arran

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

Arran Jamaican Rum Finish
$62.77

Arran Moscatel Cask Finish

70cl, 55%
Arran

Just 5,730 bottles of this Arran whisky were released, finished in Moscatel casks from the Setúbal Peninsula in Portugal.  More info

Arran Moscatel Cask Finish
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Robert Burns 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Arran

A 12 year old single malt whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery, named for the renowned Scottish poet, Robert Burns.  More info

Robert Burns 12 Year Old

Arran Grand Cru Champagne Finish

70cl, 59%
Arran

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

Arran Grand Cru Champagne Finish
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Arran Bourgogne Cask Finish

70cl, 56.50%
Arran

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

Arran Bourgogne Cask Finish

Highland Park 1985 35cl (Signatory)

35cl, 43%
Highland Park

A rare half-bottle of 1985 Highland Park from the Signatory range.  More info

Highland Park 1985 35cl (Signatory)

Talisker 25 Year Old (2004 Release)

70cl, 57.80%
Talisker

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

Talisker 25 Year Old (2004 Release)
$174.37

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