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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 13 Year Old 1995 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

A Speciality Drinks bottling of Highland Park, distilled in 1995 and matured in two hogsheads (numbers 470 and 471) for 13 years before bottling in April 2009. An outturn of 770 bottles.  More info

Highland Park 13 Year Old 1995 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 2

70cl, 53.6%
Arran

The second batch of the Arran Malt 12 Year old Cask Strength enjoyed a maturation in sherry casks, 17 of them first-fill sherry butts and 4 second-fill sherry hogsheads, enhancing the classic Isle of…  More info

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 2
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Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Talisker

Independently bottled single cask Talisker, matured in a refill hogshead for 6 years. The distillery on the Isle of Skye filled the cask in 2008 and left it to age until it was opened for Hepburn's…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Arran 2005 Bourbon Cask Peated

70cl, 57.7%
Arran

Very unusual to find a peated Arran, this was distilled on the 12th December 2005 and aged in a bourbon cask. Oddly, they bottled it on the 7th December 2009 - just 5 days away from this whisky's 4th…  More info

Arran 2005 Bourbon Cask Peated
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Ledaig 8 Year Old 2008 - Claxton's

70cl, 52.8%
Tobermory

A Claxon's bottling of peated Tobermory single malt Scotch whisky, bottled under their Ledaig name. It was distilled in May 2008 and matured for 8 years in a refill Sherry butt before being bottled…  More info

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2008 - Claxton's

Ledaig 1993 St Joseph Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Tobermory

A 1993 vintage Ledaig finished for 40 months in Saint-Joseph wine casks as part of a 19 year maturation period and bottled as part of the Private Collection from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Ledaig 1993 St Joseph Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Scapa 14 Year Old 2000 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 53.9%
Scapa

Cask strength Scapa single malt from the turn of the century. This whisky from the isle of Orkney was distilled in February 2000 and left to mature for 14 years before being bottled by Chivas in…  More info

Scapa 14 Year Old 2000 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)

Arran - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52%
Arran

The fourth batch of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company is another delicious island dram from the distillers on the Isle of Arran! The label once again…  More info

Arran - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Arran 14 Year Old With Tasting Glass

70cl, 46%
Arran

A bottle of the excellent 14 year old Arran - released in 2010 to replace the 10 year old. This was finished in a mix of fresh bourbon and sherry hogsheads for two years before bottling, and the…  More info

Arran 14 Year Old With Tasting Glass
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Highland Park 2005 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail) 59.1%

70cl, 59.1%
Highland Park

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled at cask strength. This smoky, island expression was distilled in 2005 and left to mature in first fill bourbon…  More info

Highland Park 2005 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail) 59.1%

Highland Park 9 Year Old 2005 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail) 56.6%

702cl, 56.6%
Highland Park

9 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Gordon & MacPhail's wonderful Cask Strength range. The whisky was distilled on the Isle of Orkney in April 2005 and left to mature.…  More info

Highland Park 9 Year Old 2005 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail) 56.6%

Arran Madeira Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 50%
Arran

This Isle of Arran whisky exhibits all of the spicy, malty flavours one associates with Christmas, finished as it was in a cask which previously held Madeira.  More info

Arran Madeira Wine Cask 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)

Talisker 10 Year Old Atlantic Challenge Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

This gift pack contains a bottle of mighty Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky and two glasses with a rounded base so that they do not tip over when used on boats (very handy).  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old Atlantic Challenge Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
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Talisker 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

This gift set features a full bottle of Talikser 10 Year Old, a well-loved favourite from the Isle of Skye, and two Talisker glasses with round bases which won't tumble over when drinking whisky…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

Highland Park 12 Year Old 1997 Cask 6258 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 50.5%
Highland Park

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

Highland Park 12 Year Old 1997 Cask 6258 (Bladnoch)

Arran - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.1%
Arran

This is the very first batch of delicious Isle of Arran single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It boasts a malt, almost coconut-like, coastal flavour and comes bearing a wonderful…  More info

Arran - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Highland Park 22 Year Old 1987 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Highland Park

A single cask Highland Park, distilled on the 30th June 1987 and matured for 22 years in hogshead number 1540 before bottling by Signatory on the 5th November 2009. A release of 341 individually…  More info

Highland Park 22 Year Old 1987 (Signatory)

Scapa 14 Year Old 1993 Cask 4440 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Scapa

This was distilled at the Scapa distillery in October 1993 and it was aged for 14 years in refill hogshead number 4440 before bottling in June 2008 by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. There…  More info

Scapa 14 Year Old 1993 Cask 4440 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Highland Park 2006 (bottled 2015) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.9%
Highland Park

Distilled at the popular Orkney distillery in June 2006 and disgorged in May 2015, almost nine years later, this is a bottling of four first fill bourbon barrels (4288, 4290, 4292 & 4293).  More info

Highland Park 2006 (bottled 2015) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Highland Park 2006 (bottled 2015) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 58%
Highland Park

Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Cask Strength range by Gordon & MacPhail. This bottling was distilled in June 2006 and drawn from four first-fill bourbon barrels in February…  More info

Highland Park 2006 (bottled 2015) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

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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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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Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - Third Edition

70cl, 58.5%
Arran

It's the Arran distillery's third edition of their marvellous Machrie Moor Cask Strength, a well-peated piece of Island whisky wonderfulness! This time, it's been bottled at 58.5% ABV, and 9,000…  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - Third Edition

Highland Park 14 Year Old 1995 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

Distilled at Highland Park in 1995, and aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in Château Lafite casks. This was bottled for Murray McDavid at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. A release of…  More info

Highland Park 14 Year Old 1995 (Murray McDavid)

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