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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
A special release of smoky Tobermory, aka Ledaig, for the 2nd Dramboree, a weekend of whisky related shenanigans that took place on the shores of Loch Lomond in July 2014. A limited edition bottled specially for the event, this is a bold and smoky dram with a rich sherried backbone.