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 1996 vintage Arran bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series of bottlings. The distillery had only opened a year before, having been the first legal distillery on the island since 1837.
A cask strength 1996 vintage single cask whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery, distilled on the 11th of December at the end of their first full year of operation. It was then matured in a sherry cask for 15 years, before bottling on October 1st 2012.
Highland Park 18yo is one of the all-time greats of the single malt world. Delicious sweet sherry notes alongside the heather-honey distillery character, rounded with a wisp of dry smoke. Whisky Bible 2011: Single Malt Scotch of the Year 16-21 Years; 95.5 Points
Originally released in March 2011, Leif Erikson was originally a travel retail exclusive that we've managed to get a few bottles of. In celebration of Erikson's trip to the New World it is made up of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, all made from American oak.
From a tiny distillery in Orkney, Scapa is often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbour Highland Park. This 14yo was quite a shortlived bottling -it was introduced by then new owners Chivas Brothers to replace the old 12yo, but was subsequently superseded by the now-familiar 16 year old standard official bottling.
A 22 year old Highland Park from Signatory, matured in a wine treated butt - their term for a butt that hasn't necessarily been used to age sherry/wine in a traditional manner. It was distilled on 3rd December 1990 and bottled at cask strength on 5th April 2013.
A 2012 re-release of Highland Park 21 back at its old strength of 47.5% after a few years of languishing at a lower strength due to stock shortages. This has been much sought after in the travel retail sector and it's good to see it back on our shelves again. Absolutely terrific stuff.
This is a bottling that many fans of this underrated distillery still have a soft spot for - the unpretentious old-style Scapa 12yo: an easygoing dram, delightfully honeyed and malty. Replaced by the short-lived, unloved 14yo shortly before owners Allied sold up to Pernod Ricard.
Commemorating 175 years of Talisker Distillery, this release of the Classic Malt is a complex vatting of Talisker casks of various ages (many over 20). A sleek, peppery, elegantly muscular celebration of this fabulous distillery.
A special bottling for the Friends of the Classic Malts, this is a 12 year-old bottled at the classic Talisker strength of 45.8% and is a definite step up in depth and class from the always-terrific 10 year-old. Spicy, peppery and complex - delicious.
One of a trio of smartly-packaged special finish Isle of Juras: the 'Jura Paps', launched during the Feis Ile 2009 to celebrate the islands eponymous iconic mountains. Mountain of the Sound has been finished in Cabernet Sauvignon casks.