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 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 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.
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.
A sherried release from Highland Park, Dark Origins is a combination of 80% first fill sherry casks (of which 60% is European oak and 20% American) and 20% refill sherry. A dark expression which fits in with the distillery's origins – founder Magnus Eunson being a smuggler who worked in the darkness of night.
This has been restricted to two bottles per customer
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 2001 vintage Highland Park originally released for the travel retail market. With a high proportion of first-fill American oak casks, the smoke is allowed to come through along with some sweeter notes.
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 trilogy 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.
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.
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.
Distilled at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, this is a great example of combining their weighty spirit with active sherry cask maturation. Dark and fruity, with heavy notes of chocolate, plums and leathery spice, this is a flavour bomb that will keep any sherried whisky fan happy.
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.