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 »
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.
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
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.
A 23 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 December 3 1990 and bottled at cask strength on February 18 2014.
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shortlived bottling -it was introduced by then new owners Chivas Brothers to replace the old 12yo, but was subsequently superseded by the now-familiar 16 year old standard official bottling.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 1991 vintage Highland Pak from independent bottlers Douglas Laing, released as part of their Directors' Cut series. Distilled in February, this was aged for 21 years in refill butt number 9242 before 227 bottles were yielded in December 2012.
A very popular island malt from Orkney, Highland Park is smooth, smoky and heathery, with a lovely honeyed touch coming through on the finish.
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An 1980s bottling of the now defunct Isle of Jura 8 year old. Presented in the distillery's trademark shaped bottle and with a screw cap closure. A tiny island situated off the north east coast of Islay, Jura is home to more deer than people and was where George Orwell wrote 1984.
An old bottling of 1991 vintage Ardbeg from independent bottler Wilson & Morgan. Distilled a couple of years after the distillery reopened following a temporary mothballing, this was bottled in 2000 at around nine years of age.