Island Single Malt Whisky

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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
  • Arran Madeira wine cask 50% 70cl
    Arran Madeira wine cask has been matured for eight years in traditional oak before a finishing period of 10 months in Madeira casks.
    £65.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    £72.50
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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