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The Scottish Islands are great. Imagine a very small area of land surrounded by water whose sole purpose is to produce delicious single malt whisky. Now imagine being stranded there…. the mind boggles! We refer to Island whisky as its own category out of pure convenience and geographical locale. It’s not technically an official whisky producing region in it own right, and is not recognised as such by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) who deems the Islands as falling under the Highlands category. The only exception to this is the island of Islay which is officially recognised as a separate and distinct region and is famous for its big and bold peaty single malts.


There is no easily identifiable characteristic that whiskies from the Islands share except a slight salinity due to the seas close proximity. Even this is not entirely universal, as whisky from Arran bucks the maritime trend in favour of a lighter and sweeter style more commonly associated with the Speyside region. The individual islands are Jura, Mull, Skye, Orkney and Arran. Each has a long history of producing whisky; this wasn’t always entirely above board though, as many distilleries conveniently ‘forgot’ to take out the proper licenses! After all, who was going to make a special journey to the Hebridean Islands to check!


So what choices do you have? You could go with the aforementioned Arran malt, unsurprisingly from the Isle of Arran and the newest distillery in the Islands. It’s sweet and soft as befits the baby of the group. Of course, you could plumb for the peaty smoked depths of Talisker, Skye’s one and only distillery that turns out several variations of its drams, including the acclaimed Port Ruighe that is matured in old Sherry casks. Jura boasts a lightly peated offering that is emphatic of the maritime nature of most Island whiskies, with a natural oiliness that coats the mouth. Orkney has two distilleries, Scapa and Highland Park. Both have the coastal qualities you would expect and Highland Park is packed full of heather and honey whilst Scapa hits you with citrus notes and herbal essences. Mull is host to Tobermory, the islands only distillery that produces a gentle dram that is sweet and voluminous. They also produce a heavily peated version of this dram under the name Ledaig. Finally you have Abhainn Dearg, which is situated on Lewis and translates to ‘Red River’ in Gaelic.

  • Arran Hardy Cognac 57.7% 70cl
    1 of 487 bottles
    Cognac Cask J Hardy
    Bottled 12.9.06
    £89.50
  • Talisker 57 Degrees North 57.8% 70cl
    Highlighting the latitudinal position of our distillery - one of the most remote and northerly at its rugged home on the Isle of Skye, Talisker 57 North has no age statement. Drawn from 100% American oak refill casks, it has a purity which emphasises Taliskers unique and intense distillery character.


    STRENGTH
    57.8% ABV

    APPEARANCE
    Full gold.

    NOSE
    Clean and intense, with light smoke like a struck match. Creamy toffee balanced by fruit. Hints of seaweed, heather blossom and vanilla.

    BODY
    Explosive, intense and smokey.

    PALATE
    Sweet to start with smoke and tar exploding around the middle. At full strength and explosion that evokes the raw volcanic power that formed Skyes famous Black Cuillin mountains.

    FINISH
    Tingling with the signature pepperiness.
    £67.99
  • Arran Peated Cask Strength 57.7% vol 70cl
    A limited edition bottling from Arran Distillery. Distilled in december 2005 and bottled December 2009 at cask strength 57.7% vol. Matured in bourbon cask limited to 253 bottles only.
    £59.99
  • Laphroaig Triple Wood 48% 70cl
    Laphroaig Triple Wood is a new release from this popular Islay distillery.This Laphroaig single malt has been matured in three types of cask. The first is in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels. We then select the most suitable of these barrels, containing a range of different aged spirit and transfer into small 19th century style Quarter Casks for a second maturation. The final maturation is in specially selected, large European oak, Oloroso sherry casks. This triple cask maturation results in what we think is the perfect marriage of peat, oak and sherry notes, retaining the traditional Laphroaig peat smoke aroma, balanced by the subtle sherry sweetness and hints of sea salt
    £52.99
  • Ledaig 10 years old 46.3% 70cl
    Ledaig 10 years old is the peated single malt whisky from the Tobermory distiller on the Isle of Mull. This whisky is wonderfully peaty and robust with spicy characters, smokiness and floral seaside aromas, hints of licquorice and cloves.
    £44.99
  • Jura Prophecy 46% vol 70cl
    Jura Prophecy is a new limited single malt which has been heavily peated to produce a rich tarry malt with salt spray and a hint of cinnamon.
    £56.99
  • Bruichladdich MCMLXXXV 85/27 49.3% 27 years old 1985
    This is edition four in the 'Bruichladdich DNA' editions is a 27 years old from 1985 and bottled at 49.3% vol 1 of only 1698 bottled produced
    £265.00
  • Talisker Storm 45.8% 70cl
    Talisker Storm is a new single Malt aimed at those who like a more intense tarry malt with maritime influence. It is a blend of different ages to achieve this more intense style. Spicy, peppery, rich with smoke becoming oily with peaty notes.
    £46.50
  • Jura 1997 Connoisseurs Choice Gordon Macphail 46% 70cl
    This bottling of Jura single malt was distilled in 1997 and matured in a refill hogshead cask until being bottled in 2012. A delicate malt with hints of tropical fruits and citrus peel lingering. A warm palate with stewed fruits and a smooth finish.
    £64.15
  • The Arran Port Cask Finish 50% 70cl
    An extremely popular Cask Finish, The Arran Malt Finished in a Port Cask is non chillfiltered and bottled at 50% for a richly rewarding and fruity whisky. One to be savoured. After initially maturing in traditional oak casks over a number of years The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was finished in a selection of Port wine casks sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Portuguese fortified wine. Our Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, has carefully monitored this period of secondary maturation to ensure the perfect balance is struck between the Port casks and the intrinsic sweet-fruity character of The Arran Malt. The end result is a Single Malt full of charm, complexity and quality.
    £42.50
  • Talisker Port Ruighe 45.8% 70cl
    Talisker Port Ruighe takes this well know Skye malt and matures it Port wine casks. The name derives from the main trading Port on Skye, Port Ruighe. The result is a lovely combination of the peaty peppery notes with sweet port wine flavours.
    £52.50
  • Arran 17 years old 46% 70cl
    New release from the Arran distillery their first official 17 year old has been made from unpeated malted barley and matured in a selection of ex-sherry casks. Bottled at their prefered strength of 46% vol this is the second edition in their journey to releasing an 18 year old in the spring of 2015. Antique golden in colour with a nose of warm spices, candied lemon peel and orchard fruits. The palate is sweet with spices, tobacco and dark chocolate and orange oil. A long warming finish with sherry notes and a slight whiff of bonfire smoke. 9000 bottles only.

    £64.99
  • Talisker Skye Glass Pack 45.8% 70cl
    Talisker Skye is a new whisky to the range with a slightly softer, rounded flavour than its bigger brothers. Golden in colour with a citrus nose with a waft of peat smoke. The taste is soft and sweet to start then light smokiness, finishing with typical pepperiness and freshness.

    £40.99
  • Talisker The Distillers Edition 2005 Bottled 2014 45.8% 70cl
    Richer than the regularTalisker as a result of the Double cask maturing. It spends a finishing period in ex Amoroso sherry casks which adds sweet luscious fruit notes to the dry peaty back ground, with typical Talisker pepperiness.
    £59.99
  • Highland Park 18 years old 43% 70cl
    This has got to be one of the most complete single malts. It is beautifully balanced, complex with lovely fruity flavours, wood and a hint of smoke on the finish. A long soft finish that goes on and on.
    £109.00
  • Arran 18 Year Old 46% 70cl
    The first official release of Arran 18 years old bring together the final edition in the Trilogy od 16,17 and 18 years old malts. Only 9000 bottles were released worldwide and has been matured in ex sherry casks, refilled by the look of the colour. A fresh nose of peaches with honey and toasted almonds and a spice element. The palate is rich and viscous with brown sugar and ginger spice, finishing with orange marmalade. Nuts ans toffe apples on the long smooth finish.

    £72.99
  • Jura Superstition 43% 20cl
    The people of Jura are superstitious. From the prophecy of the one-eyed Campbell to an aversion to cutting peat before May, age-old island beliefs resonate to this day. Drawing on our finest older malts and spring-peated younger whiskies, Jura Superstition is a tribute to the people, the traditions and the mystical heritage that make Jura island life unique. Visit the island, meet the people, explore the past.

    COLOUR Deep intense mahogany with glittering sun rays

    NOSE Firm and positive, yet forcibly mellow. Strong accents of phenolic aromas. Rich, sensual nuances of honey and marzipan.

    PALATE Spice, honey, pine and peat aromas make a dramatic impact, the long years in oak casks have tempered and tamed this mystic spirit creating a long, lingering and tantalising aftertaste.

    A wonderful litle gift set with a collapsible metal tumbler.
    £16.99
  • Ledaig 18 years old Limited release 46.3% 70cl
    A limited Edition from the Tobermory distillery, Ledaig is their peated malt whisky. This 18 years old has been matured in a selected oak casks with a finishing period in sherry cask. It has a nose of rich sherried fruit, smokiness, light creosote, pepper and spice with sweet oak notes. The palate is rich and powerful with smoke, citrus, coffee tobacco and a touch of salt. Long finish in the mouth with pungent smoke and star anise.
    Presented in a lovely wooden box.
    £79.99
  • Jura Superstition 43% 70cl
    The people of Jura are superstitious. From the prophecy of the one-eyed Campbell to an aversion to cutting peat before May, age-old island beliefs resonate to this day. Drawing on our finest older malts and spring-peated younger whiskies, Jura Superstition is a tribute to the people, the traditions and the mystical heritage that make Jura island life unique. Visit the island, meet the people, explore the past.

    COLOUR Deep intense mahogany with glittering sun rays

    NOSE Firm and positive, yet forcibly mellow. Strong accents of phenolic aromas. Rich, sensual nuances of honey and marzipan.

    PALATE Spice, honey, pine and peat aromas make a dramatic impact, the long years in oak casks have tempered and tamed this mystic spirit creating a long, lingering and tantalising aftertaste.

    A wonderful litle gift set with a collapsible metal tumbler.
    £33.50
  • Talisker 18 years old 45.8% 70cl
    Time has mellowed but not tamed this powerful 18 year old Talisker, made beside Loch Harport in the shadow of the Cuillin range. A rich, swet nose introduces familiar, smoky maritime aromas. Full-bodied, this smooth malt opens sweetly, then becomes more asservtive, with a whiff of smoke. It has an unmistakeable, richly warm finishing, more subtle here than in the 10 years old.
    £79.99
  • Scapa Skiren Batch SK06 40% 70cl
    This is the new bottling from Scapa Distillery which has been matured in first fill American oak casks. The flavour is creamy sweet vanilla with tropical fruits, citrus notes and coastal heather.
    £38.99
  • Glen Scotia Victoriana 51.5% 70cl
    This is part of the new expressions from Glen Scotia the Campbeltown distillery on the Kintyre peninsular. The Victoriana has been been made from selected casks by Master Distiller John Peterson and bottled unchill filtered and at natural cask strength and finished in deeply charred barrels. This makes the malt exceptionally smooth with subtle wood and vanilla, full and fruity with a slightly smoky aftertaste.
    £76.89
  • Jura 16 years old Diurachs Own 40%
    For sixteen years in beachside warehouses, the gentle sea breezes have combined to make a whisky that truly expresses the magic of the island. A great age to drink Jura according to the locals. The rich colour of golden sun rays combine with a taste of strong butter notes, tinged with oranges and spices, leaving a sweet toffee and honey finish.


    Taste the best of island life. Visit the island, meet the people, explore the past.

    AGE 16 years

    COLOUR Glassy golden highlights

    NOSE Full and rich. Each aroma beautifully structured to reveal harmony at its best. Silk and honey with a hint of ginger spice encompass this floral bouquet.

    PALATE Soft peaches and honey with a hint of citrus and marzipan will slowly arise, yet the backbone of its heritage continues to ebb away on the aftertaste, leaving the palate rewarded and satisfied.
    £51.50
  • Highland Park 8 years old Gordon & Macphail 40% 70cl
    Built in 1798, Scotland's most Northern distillery is set on the site where the infamous illicit distiller, Magnus Eunson's bothy used to stand. Highland Park continues to malt its own barley using the traditional floor malting method and to kiln dry the 'green' malt using peat cut from its own moorlands. One of the few distilleries where you can still see and smell smoke wafting from its pagoda. Cattie Maggie is the underground spring that feeds a former quarry close to Highland Park. The spring and quarry are named after a tinker who lived in the vicinity. The water is pure and very hard, rising through a sedimentary rock of hard sandstone

    AROMA without water: Soft fruits - peaches/mangos. Heather/earthy notes and a touch of saltiness.
    TASTE without water: Rich, mulled fruits with a touch of smokiness.
    AROMA with water: Fruity (green apples), subtle Sherry influence and touch of floral influence.
    TASTE with water: Sherry wood with smoky notes (charred oak). A vanilla sweetness emerges.
    £32.99
  • Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask 55.7% 70cl
    A new bottling from The Arran distillery which has been matured in ex Bourbon casks then finished in small American oak casks for a minimum of 18 months. This finishing with small casks intensifies the maturation to produce a full-bodied whisky with lovely spicy vanilla and bold peppery spice. Bottled at cask strength 55.7% vol without chill filtration. Limited to 12000 bottles worldwide
    £54.99
  • Arran Machrie Moor 5 Edition Released 2014 46% 70cl
    The 5th Edition of Arran's Peated Malt ' Machrie Moor' has just arrived, peated to 20ppm at 46% vol. 12000 bottles produced worldwide. This is a whisky that has become very popular since it was first distilled back in 2004.
    nose
    :Producer Tasting notes
    :Dried grass, peat smoke and hints of vanilla and tropical fruit.
    Palate
    :Classic arran character of fresh pineapple and lemon skins. Biscuity, malty notes give depth.
    Finish
    :Citrus fruits continue, with an extra punch of peat smoke on the long finish
    £42.99
  • Jura Tastival 1997 Bottled 2015 52% 70cl
    This is the 2015 Whisky Festival bottling, which has been matured in Sparkling wines casks from the Loire from Bouvet Ladubay. Rich, fruity and sweet, with forest fruits, raspberries liquorice and treacle. 1 of 3970 bottles produced.
    £85.99
  • Oban Little Bay Small Cask 43% 70cl
    This is a new addition to the Oban distillery give extra time to the Oban malt in small casks which yields a richer flavour with more contact from the wood.
    £53.99
  • Ledaig 19 years old Cadenheads Small Batch 53.5% 70cl
    Cadenheads bottling of Ledaig from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Distilled in 1997 from a single bourbon hogshead and bottled in 2016. 1 of 252 bottles only.
    £78.00
  • Scapa Glansa 40% 70cl
    Glansa is the new single malt from the Scapa distillery, the name means shining storm-laden skies in Norse. This malt has been given a little peat-treatment with and extra resting period in casks which previously held peated malt. The result is honey smoothness with soft fruits but richer in style than Skiren with a smoky edge.

    Distillery Tasting notes
    :Nose: Fruity sweet with notes of soft peach, pineapple, vanilla intermingled with subtle bonfire smoke
    Taste: Peach and ripe pear flavours and creamy caramel toffee and vanilla balanced perfectly with soft smoke
    Finish: Very long with a markedly smoky finish
    £41.99
  • Arran Smugglers The High Seas Series II 55.4% 70cl
    In this Smugglers Series Vol.2 The High Seas we pay tribute to the exuberant character of those striving to outwit the Governments representatives in the pursuit of the production of the famed Arran Waters. This dram is a powerful marriage of whisky matured in the fi nest rum casks with time-honoured peated spirit and a rich layer of first-fi ll Bourbon barrel adding sweetness and fruit. The use of rum casks in the maturation
    serves as recognition of Arrans importance, in years gone by, in the trade of diverse, black market liquor. The resulting liquid is complex, full of character and a perfect tribute to these independent characters of Arran.

    The Smugglers Series pays homage to the rich history of illicit distillation on the Isle of Arran in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Limited Edition of 8,700 Bottles Worldwide
    Bottled at Natural Cask Strength 55.4% abv.
    Unique release including our classic un-peated
    Arran Malt matured in 1st Fill Bourbon Barrels,some of our heavily peated Arran Malt at 50ppm and Arran Malt fully matured in ex-Rum casks.
    Non Chill Filtered & No artifi cial colouring.
    £245.00
  • Highland Park 15 Year Old Single Malt 40% 70cl
    Highland Park matures this 15 year old whisky in ex-Oloroso sherry barrels crafted from American oak as opposed to the Spanish oak casks of the 12 and 18 year releases. The barrels are toasted instead of charred, yielding a unique flavor experience, especially when compared to the more common charred ex-bourbon barrel releases of competing distilleries.

    Appearance: Bright gold with amber tones, medium legs.

    Nose: Citrus, more lime than lemon or orange, light oak tones, sherry, light peat smoke.

    Palate: Sweet vanilla, dry sherry, and citrus give way to peat smoke just before the finish. Medium-oily mouthfeel.

    Finish: Rather quick finish with some saltiness on the very end. Lingering sherry aftertaste.
    £75.00
  • Highland Park Fire Edition Single Malt 45.2% 70cl
    Highland Park Fire Edition is a special release 15 year old single malt which has been matured in 100% refill Port wine seasoned casks a first for Highland Park. This follows on from the release of Ice Edition and completes the two-part series of special edition bottlings which celebrate some of the myths and legends emerging from the Viking age.

    Natural in colour, the vibrant and intense aromas of ruby red fruits and warm vanilla complement the fiery bitter sweetness of cinnamon bark and the richness of devilishly dark chocolate.

    Only one per customer.
    £195.00
  • Tobermory 21 years old Cadenhead 52.5% 70cl
    Cadenheads bottling of Tobermory distilled in 1995 and bottled 2016 under their small batch label from 2 Bourbon hogsheads. This is 1 of 450 bottles.
    Taste: Salty, waxed leather and salted pork. A little smoke and drying.
    Palate: The saltiness continues and a slight smokiness emerges with undertones of custard creams and short waxy notes.
    Finish: Ash, dry, cooked fruits, peppery salted popcorn and digestive biscuits notes.
    £79.50
  • Arran 19 years old Small Btach Cadenheads 52.4% 70cl
    Bottled from two2 casks, the first was a bourbon hogshead and the second was a sherry hogshead. Distilled in 1997 and bottled 2016 at cask strength 52.4% vol. 1 of 486 bottles
    Nose: Raisins and brambles; vanilla custard, fruit trifle and butter.
    Palate: Fruit pudding, vanilla, plum jam and rich creamy chocolate; coffee liqueur.
    Finish: More dark fruits, chocolate, buttered popcorn, vanilla, sherried sorbet.
    £74.99
  • Arran 10 years old 46% 70cl
    Colour Ripe Golden Barley. Nose The initial rush of vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruits of slow distillation - kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon - with just a dusting of cocoa powder. It is undoubtedly complex and yet the aromas are in complete harmony with the malt.

    Taste A touch of cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture which captivates the palate. The classic Arran citrus notes have rounded with age and reveal new depths of character against a background of sweet oak.

    Finish It drifts over the tongue like golden syrup and fades ever so slowly to tempt another sip. This is a beautifully made whisky. Arran has come a long way in 10 years. Truly the best things in life are always worth waiting for!

    Regular Price: £35.99

    Special Price £29.88

  • Arran Robert Burns Single Malt 43% 70cl
    This special Single Malt is the official Scotch whisky commemorating Robert Burns legacy and is consequently a highly anticipated launch from Arran Distillery this year.
    Made of the finest ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, with no artificial colouring added, the spirit has a rich and smooth flavour.
    Commenting on the flavour of the blend, Arrans Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, said: This malt has been skilfully created by combining different ages to produce a beautifully rounded whisky. The sweet, fruity notes and the depth of flavour mean that this malt can be happily enjoyed neat, on the rocks or as part of a classic whisky cocktail.
    Euan Mitchell, Managing Director of Isle of Arran Distilleries, said: As a Patron of the Robert Burns World Federation we wanted to create something special and with the end result we have achieved liquid poetry.
    Both Burns and whisky are global Scottish icons and we aim to promote this new bottling around the world.
    The Robert Burns Single Malt is the perfect romantic gift for a whisky lover or poetry fan.
    £40.99
  • Highland Park Dark Origins 46.8% 70cl
    A new Edition to the Highland Park Range, Dark Origins takes its name from its use of a double amount of First Fill sherry casks used to produce this darker than usual single malt. Bottled at a slightly stronger 46.8% vol, the nose has sherry and spices with toasted nuts. The palate is well balanced, with gentle peat and rich dark chocolate and black cherries. The finish has sweet smoke and good length.


    £59.95
  • Highland Park 12 years old 40% 70cl
    Highland Park single Malt nwhisky from the Isle of Orkney has a Glowing amber colour, with a bouquet ofHeather-honey sweetness; peaty smokiness. The Palate is rounded with smoky sweetness and a full malt delivery. Finish: Teasing, heathery, delicious.

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    £38.50
  • Jura 10 years old 40% 70cl
    COLOUR: Pale, yellow straw, with subtle, green tinges. NOSE: Full, rich and aromatic. Positive and firm. Plenty of guts and glamour encapsulates this complex island malt. Silky, almondy wood notes complete this outstanding bouquet.

    TASTE: Drifts gently onto the palate, revealing firm, distinguished, elegant tones. A fruity oiliness with just a hint of smoke gently enriches the palate. These intricate, attractive flavours linger long in the mouth and reflect the true nature of the island.
    £32.50
  • Talisker 10 years old 45.8% 70cl
    Nose: Powerful peat-smoke with sea-water saltiness, the liquor of fresh oysters, and a citrus sweetness.

    Palate: A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. Peppery at the back of the mouth.

    Finish: Huge, long, warming and peppery in the finish with an appetising sweetness.
    £43.50