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.
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 1996 vintage Ledaig from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range, bottled in 2013. Ledaig is the name for peated whisky produced at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.
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
Released in April 2010, this litre bottle vintage edition of Highland Park was distilled in 1998, the year of the distillery's bicentenary and was originally only available in travel retail. Fruity, with a honeyed sweetness after 12 years maturation in American oak.
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.