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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.

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)
$44.59

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)
$44.59

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)
$44.68

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)
$45.32

Ledaig 7 Year Old 2005 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

A cracking 7 year old from Carn Mor, taken from 2 casks as part of their Strictly Limited range. Ledaig always shows well at a young age (IMHO(tep is invisible)).  More info

Ledaig 7 Year Old 2005 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Arran 15 Year Old 1997 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Arran

The independent bottler Carn Mor has bottled this fifteen year old single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery. The whisky has been bottled without chill filtration to retain all of the flavour and…  More info

Arran 15 Year Old 1997 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$45.50

Highland Park 18 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

An 18 year old indie bottling of Highland Park. This was bottled by Cadenhead for their Duthies range.  More info

Highland Park 18 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 3

70cl, 46%
Arran

Distilled in 2004, this is a very interesting whisky from the Isle of Arran. Unusually for the distillery, this was distilled from peated malt, with a peating level of 14PPM. This is the third batch.  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 3
$45.78

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 4

70cl, 46%
Arran

The Machrie Moor single malt from Arran is named after a mysterious peat bog on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. The landscape is dotted with standing stones and Bronze Age stone circles. It…  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 4
$46.16

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2005 (cask 0062) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

A Coopers Choice bottling of Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured for 8 years in a single hoggie. Ledaig is the name used for peated whisky coming from the Tobermory distillery on the…  More info

Ledaig 8 Year Old 2005 (cask 0062) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$46.24

Highland Park 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

70cl, 46%
Highland Park

A beautiful 12 year old Highland Park bottled for the Alchemist. Malty, briny and full of heather honey. We love it.  More info

Highland Park 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

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)

Arran 13 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Arran

A beautiful single cask Arran distilled in Winter of 1997, aged for 13 years in a refill butt and bottled in Autumn of 2011 for the Provenance range. Spiced and flavoursome!  More info

Arran 13 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.19

Ledaig 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

Hang on, what's this? It's says this whisky is from the Ledaig Distillery on this bottle produced by Gordon and MacPhail! But that's made at the Tobermory distillery, Ledaig is just the name they use…  More info

Ledaig 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$47.19

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

50cl, 57.10%
Tobermory

Batch 1 of Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company has been let loose! Now then, why is the chap on the label so angry? Where did he get a sledgehammer at this hour? Wait…  More info

Ledaig - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Tobermory 16 Year Old 1994 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Tobermory

Distilled at Tobermory in 1994, this was aged in a bourbon cask of 16 years, some of which time was spent in Islay at the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was bottled by Murray McDavid. A release…  More info

Tobermory 16 Year Old 1994 (Murray McDavid)

Highland Park 12 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Highland Park

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

Highland Park 12 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Highland Park 12 Year Old 1997 Cask 6259 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 50%
Highland Park

A single cask Highland Park, bottled for the Bladnoch forum. This was distilled in November 1997, aged in cask number 6259 and bottled on the 17th June 2010. A release of 308 numbered bottles.  More info

Highland Park 12 Year Old 1997 Cask 6259 (Bladnoch)

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)

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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Scapa 14 Year Old 1992 (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 60.60%
Scapa

A cask strength bottling from the Scapa, distilled in 1992 and aged for 14 years.  More info

Scapa 14 Year Old 1992 (Chivas Brothers)

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