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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 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)
$175.11

Talisker 1996 (bottled 2008) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.80%
Talisker

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

Talisker 1996 (bottled 2008) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Talisker 25 Year Old (2006 Release)

70cl, 57%
Talisker

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

Talisker 25 Year Old (2006 Release)

Talisker 1993 (bottled 2007) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.80%
Talisker

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

Talisker 1993 (bottled 2007) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Scapa 16 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Scapa

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

Scapa 16 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Arran 12 Year Old 1996 Peacock

70cl, 46%
Arran

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

Arran 12 Year Old 1996 Peacock
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Arran 12 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Arran

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

Arran 12 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Highland Park 25 Year Old 1981 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Highland Park

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…  More info

Highland Park 25 Year Old 1981 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Scapa 15 Year Old 1993 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 57.10%
Scapa

A cask strength, straight from the cask bottling of Scapa. This was distilled in 1993 and bottled by Chivas Brothers in 2009.  More info

Scapa 15 Year Old 1993 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)
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Highland Park 10 Year Old 1996 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

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

Highland Park 10 Year Old 1996 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Highland Park 13 Year Old 1990 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

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

Highland Park 13 Year Old 1990 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Isle of Jura Paps Box Set 15 Year Old

210cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

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

Isle of Jura Paps Box Set 15 Year Old

Talisker 1998 (bottled 2009) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.80%
Talisker

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

Talisker 1998 (bottled 2009) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Talisker 10 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

20cl, 45.80%
Talisker

A 20cl bottle the wonderful Talisker 10 with a pair of branded tasting glasses in a handsome presentation case. Talisker produce a truly volcanic Island single malt.  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

Isle of Jura 1992 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Isle of Jura

A 1992 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Isle of Jura 1992 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Ledaig 12 Year Old 1997 - Dun Bheagan (Ian MacLeod)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

12 year old peated whisky from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Ledaig was actually a previous name for the distillery. This was distilled in March of 1997 and aged in a butt number…  More info

Ledaig 12 Year Old 1997 - Dun Bheagan (Ian MacLeod)

Isle of Jura 11 Year Old 1997 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Isle of Jura

A single cask Island malt from the Isle of Jura. This was distilled on the 6th October 1997, matured for 11 years in refill butt number 9211 before bottling by Signatory on the 2nd March 2009. A…  More info

Isle of Jura 11 Year Old 1997 (Signatory)

Scapa 15 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Scapa

Scapa distilled in October of 1993 and bottled in June of 2009 after 15 years spent in a refill hogshead. This was bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt cask range, and is a release of 307 bottles.  More info

Scapa 15 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Highland Park 18 Year 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.80%
Highland Park

A single cask, cask strength malt from Highland Park. This was distilled on the 13th December 1990 and matured in sherry butt number 15692 for 18 years before bottling on the 23rd March 2009. A…  More info

Highland Park 18 Year 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Arran 12 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Arran

Distilled at Arran in September 1996 and matured in a refill puncheon for 12 years before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in December 2008. Part of a release of 687 bottles.  More info

Arran 12 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Tobermory 32 Year Old

70cl, 50.10%
Tobermory

A limited edition of just 902 bottles, distilled at Tobermory and matured for 32 years in Oloroso Sherry butts.  More info

Tobermory 32 Year Old

Arran 1997 Rowan Tree - Icons of Arran

70cl, 46%
Arran

This is part two in the very handsome looking Icons of Arran series. This features a Rowan Tree, a tree whose dense wood is suitable for both walking stick manufacture, and magician's staves.  More info

Arran 1997 Rowan Tree - Icons of Arran

Arran Fino Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 50%
Arran

Only 7980 bottles of this Arran single malt were released. Matured for 8 years in an ex-bourbon cask, this whisky enjoyed a further 9 months to finish in a Fino sherry cask from Valdespino.  More info

Arran Fino Sherry Cask Finish

Scapa 14 Year Old 1993 Cask 3888 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Scapa

A 14 year old from one of Orkney's brace of distilleries (the other being Highland Park). This was distilled at Scapa in October 1993 and aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 3888 before…  More info

Scapa 14 Year Old 1993 Cask 3888 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Arran Sherry Cask (2010 Release)

70cl, 57.70%
Arran

A sherry matured Arran. This was distilled on the 12th August 1996 and aged for 13 years in cask number 536 before bottling on the 5th February 2010. A release of 325 individually numbered bottles.  More info

Arran Sherry Cask (2010 Release)

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