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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 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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Isle of Jura 9 Year Old 2003 (cask 8510) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

A 9 year old whisky from the Isle of Jura, bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This stuff was distilled in Spring of 2003, aged in a single refill hogshead and bottled in Spring of 2012.…  More info

Isle of Jura 9 Year Old 2003 (cask 8510) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.21

Highland Park 17 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

A 17 year old from the famed Orcadian distillery Highland Park. This was bottled for Cadenhead's new range of non-chillfiltered whiskies without any colouring added - just pure unadulterated whisky.  More info

Highland Park 17 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

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 Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 2

70cl, 46%
Arran

A peated whisky from Arran! The Machrie Moor is a peat bog on the western part of the Isle of Arran, and the dog on the bottle is called Bran!  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 2
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$46.55

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2005 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

Bottled by Langside Distillers for the Hepburn's Choice range, this 8 year old Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky is made at the Tobermory distillery. Ledaig is the name they use for their peated…  More info

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2005 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
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$46.65

Isle of Jura 9 Year Old 2003 Cask 9305 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

This is a delicious 9 year old from the Isle of Jura. It was distilled in Spring 2003 before a maturation in a refill hogshead. It was then bottled for the Provenance range.  More info

Isle of Jura 9 Year Old 2003 Cask 9305 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$46.65

Jura 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 10148) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Isle of Jura

7 year old single malt whisky from the Jura distillery on the island which George Orwell once described as 'extremely ungetatable'. We imagine it has become much more getatable these days. Either…  More info

Jura 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 10148) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$46.66

Arran 2000 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Arran

An Arran from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled in 2000, it was bottled in 2013 following a maturation period spent in refill bourbon casks.  More info

Arran 2000 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$47.00

Highland Park 20 Year Old 1991 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

Rare single cask Highland Park, distilled on the 17th September 1991 and matured for 18 years in a sherry butt before bottling on the 13th November 2009 by Signatory. A release of 787 bottles.  More info

Highland Park 20 Year Old 1991 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Arran 1998 Westie - Icons of Arran

70cl, 46%
Arran

Released as part of Arran's Icons of Arran range (commemorating the symbols of Island life), this 1998 vintage features a picture of Ruaraidh, Arran's beloved Westie. It was made using twenty two…  More info

Arran 1998 Westie - Icons of Arran
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Highland Park 12 Year Old 1996 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

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

Highland Park 12 Year Old 1996 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Tobermory 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

An 8 year old peated Tobermory single malt, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2016. This "Smoky & Peaty" whisky was aged in a single refill hogshead before being cracked open by the folks at Langside…  More info

Tobermory 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$47.94

Arran 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Arran

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

Arran 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Talisker

Bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range, this single cask Talisker single malt was allowed to mature in a single refill hogshead for 6 years, from 2008 to 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 438…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$48.29

Tobermory 10 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Tobermory

An old and rare edition of Tobermory 10 year old, before they changed the abv. This is a salty, malty and honeyed little whisky - great stuff!  More info

Tobermory 10 Year Old (Old Bottling)
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$48.29

Tobermory 6 Year Old 2006 (cask 8760) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

A very interesting 6 year old Tobermory from Douglas Laing's Provenance range which promotes the effects of season on a finished whisky. This was distilled in the Summer of 2006 and bottled in the…  More info

Tobermory 6 Year Old 2006 (cask 8760) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.68

Isle of Arran 12 Year Old 1996 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Arran

A 12 year old from the Isle of Arran, bottled for Murray McDavid. This was distilled in 1996, initially matured in bourbon barrels and then enhanced in casks from Premier Cru Margaux casks from…  More info

Isle of Arran 12 Year Old 1996 (Murray McDavid)

Isle of Arran 11 Year Old 1996 (Murry McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Arran

Distilled at Arran in 1996, this was aged in a sherry cask for 11 years before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery by Murray McDavid in 2008. A release of 2,100 bottles.  More info

Isle of Arran 11 Year Old 1996 (Murry McDavid)

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2005 (casks 10381 & 10382) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

A peaty Provenance bottling of Ledaig single malt from the Tobermory distillery. Distilled in autumn 2005, matured in two refill hogsheads and bottled at 8 years old in summer 2014 by Douglas Laing.  More info

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2005 (casks 10381 & 10382) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.90

Ledaig 1994 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

Aged in remade refill hogsheads and distilled at the Tobermory distillery in 1994, this is a peated "Ledaig" described by bottlers Gordon and MacPhail as having a "subtle, sweet and smooth" style.  More info

Ledaig 1994 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$48.90

Ledaig 9 Year Old 2005 (cask 10698) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

From Douglas Laing's Provenance range comes a single cask Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky, bottled at 9 years old. It slumbered in refill hogshead #10698 from autumn 2005 to spring 2015, before…  More info

Ledaig 9 Year Old 2005 (cask 10698) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$49.00

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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Scapa 1993 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Scapa

Distilled at Scapa in 1993 and aged in refill sherry casks for 11 years before bottling in 2004.  More info

Scapa 1993 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Ledaig 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

Ledaig - that's peated malt from Tobermory distillery - matured in a refill Sherry puncheon, producing 783 bottles.  More info

Ledaig 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$49.69

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