All the island malts might be described a ‘maritime’ in character, except Isle of Arran, which is as sweet and fruity as a Speyside. Highland Park and Scapa are lightly smoky, Talisker and Ledaig (an expression made at Tobermory Distillery) distinctly so. Tobermory and Jura have no smoke. Read More »
An interesting entry in the Arran Cask Finishes range, with the spirit spending the last few years of its maturation in a Sauternes sweet wine cask. Expect some sweet grapey notes as well as some tasty woody spice.
After a remarkable (if understandable) proliferation of single cask bottlings with experimental and occasionally unfortunate wine finishes, Arran have plumped for a core range of just three finished malts, of which this Amarone red wine finish is the driest. Earthy and complex.
A bold, sweet Port finish from Arran, released in late 2010 as part of the downsized standard offering from the distillery now that their malt is fully mature. Bottled at 50%, so some water may be preferred.
The Autumn 2013 release of the fourth edition in Arran's peated series, Machrie Moor. Lightly peated to 20ppm, this is named after the eponymous peat bog located on the west coast of the island and has proved a popular addition to the distillery's range.
Released in late 2010, this Arran 14yo replaced the old 12yo. Neither coloured nor chill-filtered, Arran 14yo is bottled at a sensible drinking strength of 46%, for which the management deserve maximum kudos.
A three pack of 20cl bottles of different Talsikers, comprising one eaxch of 10yo, Distillers Edition (finished in Amoroso sherry casks) and the cask strength 57' North. Please note that these are 20cl bottles! VERY SPECIAL PRICE!!
Originally a travel retail exclusive, Turas Mara is Scots Gaelic for long journey and honours the islanders who emigrated to North America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Matured in a mixture of bourbon barrels, sherry butts, French oak casks and port pipes, this is a fruity and complex whisky that's just a bit too moreish.
With the smoothness of the 10 year-old allied to extra complexity from more ageing, this is a winner. 'A delicious and sophisticated dram with impressive depth and almost perfect weight.' Jim Murray, Whisky Magazine Dec 2000
Part of the Warriors Series originally launched for the travel retail market, Svein has both a sweetness due in part to the high percentage of American oak casks used and a spiciness - representing his notoriously fiery temper.
The old presentation of the unpeated malt from the producers of Ledaig, Tobermory hails from the Isle of Mull and is a more gentle medium-bodied, accessible malt than its peated sister. A good aperitif malt.
The 2002 vintage of Talisker's ever popular and quite excellent Distillers Edition. Double matured, with the finishing period occurring in Amoroso (a sweetened fortified Spanish wine) casks, this is a sweet and smoky whisky.
The initially controversial 16yo official expression of Scapa is now winning people round with a jump in quality after a few wobbly years following the rapid transition from the much-loved 12yo via the short-lived 14yo. Orkney's less shouted about (but still lovely in its own way) malt whisky has found its feet. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Island 13 to 20 years