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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.

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
$49.74

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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$50.23

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
$50.23

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
5
$51.26

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 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)

Highland Park Svein

100cl, 40%
Highland Park

Svein comes from Highland Park's Warrior series, which was released for the travel retail market. It's named after a legendary Viking leader known for his fiery temper but also for his boundless…  More info

Highland Park Svein
3
$51.73

Highland Park 1997 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 57.1%
Highland Park

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

Highland Park 1997 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

Arran 100 Proof

70cl, 57%
Arran

A '100 Proof' cask strength edition from the 1993-founded Isle of Arran distillery and Whisky Magazine's Scottish Distiller of the Year 2007.  More info

Arran 100 Proof
$52.02

Highland Park 13 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Highland Park

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

Highland Park 13 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Arran - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.5%
Arran

Batch 3 of Isle of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, featuring yet another bright and beautiful hand-drawn illustration on the label. This one shows the…  More info

Arran - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - First Edition

70cl, 58.4%
Arran

This is the first batch of cask strength Machrie Moor from the Arran distillery. The Machrie Moor releases comprise of peated single malt from the Island distillery, delivering a hearty core of peat…  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - First Edition
$52.80

Arran 1999 15th Anniversary Amontillado Finish

70cl, 54.6%
Arran

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

Arran 1999 15th Anniversary Amontillado 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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Isle of Jura 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Isle of Jura

The 18 year old was release to replace the Isle of Jura 21, and this was matured in Oloroso sherry and American white oak casks.  More info

Isle of Jura 18 Year Old
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Highland Park 8 Year Old 2007 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.2%
Highland Park

This independent bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky was distilled during September 2007. It aged until March 2012, when Gordon & MacPhail bottled it at cask strength without chill…  More info

Highland Park 8 Year Old 2007 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$52.80

Arran The Amarone Cask Finish

70cl, 50%
Arran

The 2010 released Amarone finish from Arran. This has a similar style to the brilliant Sassicaia finish. Amarone is dry Italian red made using partially dried Corvina grapes, Rondinella grapes and…  More info

Arran The Amarone Cask Finish
6
$53.00

Talisker 2006 (bottled 2016) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%
Talisker

A Distillers Edition bottling of single malt from the Talisker distillery on the rugged Isle of Skye. This was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2016 after a finishing period in Amoroso casks, then…  More info

Talisker 2006 (bottled 2016) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$53.16

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