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 »
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
A big, bold bottling of whisky from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull - Ledaig, their peated offering. This one was selected by TWE and bottled by Gordon & Macphail, and shows off what Ledaig does best: big, peaty whisky. Maturation in a sherry cask has added a layer of sherried fruit to the earthy, rich spirit without overpowering it.
Part of the Warriors Series originally launched for the travel retail market, Einar is big and bold, just the warrior himself. Aged primarily in American oak casks and with peat smoke in the mix, this is a punchy whisky that's sure not to disappoint.
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
A 1997 vintage whisky from Arran, bottled by veteran spirits experts Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was bottled in 2013 at 16 years of age, having spent an unspecified period being finished in a cask which used to hold Marsala.
Arran 17 Year Old is the last release in a triology counting down to the launch of the 18 year old in 2015. The oldest official bottling from the distillery at the time of release, this was matured exclusively in ex-sherry hogsheads – sweet spice is abundant here.
A 2013 limited release from Arran. This is produced from a combination of 35 bourbon barrels and 10 sherry hogsheads filled at the turn of the millennium on 31st December 1999 and 1st January 2000 and is limited to 7800 bottles worldwide.
Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.
Introduced in 2007, this 18yo Jura was brought in to replace the discontinued 21 year-old. Often overlooked for it's neighbour, Islay, Jura is a beautiful island full of deer and is where George Orwell finished writing Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The 2000 vintage of Talisker's ever popular and quite excellent Distillers Edition. Double matured, as are all of the range, with the finish being in Amoroso casks, a sweetened Oloroso sherry, adding some sweet and juicy fruit to Talisker smoke and maritime edge.
This Jura 1995 is part of the distillery's 'Boutique Barrels' series of single casks, bottled at full cask strength. This 'Bourbon Jo' edition has been finished in 'small batch bourbon cask', according to the label.
Beautifully-presented bottle of Tobermory. The whisky is matured in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso sherry casks and the casks mature on the mainland before travelling back to Mull for the final year before bottling.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Island Single Malt 13-20yo
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.
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.