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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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Briny, Citrussy Malt - absolutely delicious. This is a truly enveloping whisky from the Isle of Arran.  More info
Arran 12 Year Old
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18 year old from the Highland Park distillery. This is an incredible single malt aged in bourbon casks and finished in Cellier de la Donna Grenache Blanc wine barrels. A release of 1,152 bottles...  More info
A wee bottle of Arran released by Douglas Laing as an advanced sample of their Old Malt Cask range.  More info
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A 23 year old single cask from one of Scotland's most prestigious distilleries, Highland Park. This was distilled in May of 1984 and aged in a refill butt before bottling by Douglas Laing in August of...  More info
Distilled on the 13th December 1990 and aged for 19 years in sherry butt number 156595 before bottling on the 6th April 2010. A release of 254 individually numbered, cask strength bottles of Highland...  More info
A sherry butt matured Highland Park. This was distilled on the 13th December 1990 and aged for 19 years before bottling on the 5th August 2010. A release of 444 bottles from cask number 15698.  More info
12 Year Old single cask Arran, distilled in Autumn 1997 and matured in refill hogshead number 5608 before bottling by Douglas Laing in Autumn 2009.  More info
This single sherry cask from Arran was distilled on the 9th September 1996 and bottled on the 15th June 2009. A release of 280 bottles from cask number 1287.  More info
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Bottled for the Bladnoch forum, this was distilled on the 16th September 1997 at Highland Park, and aged for 12 years in hogshead number 6258 before bottling on the 23rd July 2010. A release of 273...  More info
A 17 year old Ledaig (peated malt from Tobermory). This was distilled on the 31st March 1993 and matured for 17 years in two hogsheads (casks 418 and 419) before bottling on the 27th May 2010. A...  More info
Distilled in 1990, matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in 2006 by Gordon and MacPhail. Ledaig is the name given to peaty releases from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull.  More info
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A superb whisky, released to celebrate Arran's 15th anniversary. This was distilled in 1999 and finished in Amontillado sherry casks before bottling in Spring 2010 as part of a release of 5,460...  More info
A 12 year old Highland Park distilled in the Winter of 1996, and bottled in Spring of 2009 by Douglas Laing. This was matured in a single cask, refill hogshead number 5191.  More info
Distilled in November 1992 and aged in a refill hogshead (number 1665) for 12 years before bottling in February 2005 by Douglas Laing. An Old Malt Cask bottling with an outturn of 341 bottles.  More info
A cask strength, 20 year old from Talisker. A powerful dram, distilled in 1982 and matured in bourbon wood.  More info
From Diageo's Special Releases, this 25 year old Talisker, bottled at cask strength in 2009. Part of a release of 5,862 bottles.  More info
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Distilled in 1995, this single cask Highland Park was aged for 15 years before being bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi.  More info
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Distilled at Scapa in 1993 and aged in refill sherry casks for 11 years before bottling in 2004.  More info
A release of just 325 bottles of 13 year old Highland Park, distilled in September 1996 and bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range in January 2010.  More info
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Highland Park, left at natural cask strength. This was matured in first fill and refill sherry hogsheads, and offers a full body and plenty of Orkney character.  More info
A 15 year old Tobermory, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range at Douglas Laing's preferred drinking strength of 50%.  More info
A bourbon cask aged Tobermory, this was distilled on the Isle of Mull in 1994 and aged for 15 years before bottling at Bruichladdich in 2009 for Murray McDavid. A release of 1,100 bottles.  More info
A 16 year old Jura, selected by Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich's Master Distiller. This was aged in bourbon barrels and finished in port casks before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery as part of an...  More info
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Distilled at Highland Park in 1973, this was bottled in 2009 by Gordon and MacPhail. Fruity and rich.  More info
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