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 »
Talisker super-premium releases from Diageo have been uniformly excellent. This is no disappointment - a bit more sherry influence has made this an absolute cracker. Roars across the palate, then caresses the tastebuds on the finish.
A Talisker 25yo from Diageo's Special Releases is always a thing to cherish - and this is no exception, with a very clean, citric emphasis when compared to some of the earlier releases. As we've come to expect from Talisker, this is nothing short of superb.
A limited edition Tobermory from 1972, finished in Oloroso sherry casks for a deliciously rich sweetness. Released over four years ago, we have been very lucky to get our hands on a small parcel of stock of this gem.
A 1977 vintage Highland Park bottled for The Whisky Connoisseur of Biggar as part of the Cask Master Selection series. Distilled on 13 October, it was matured in cask 7304 for 19 years before being bottled on 26 June 1996.
An official bottling of 12 year old Highland Park in the distillery's classic 1980s dumpy bottle. In 1979, the owners invested in marketing the single malt, which led to a massive increase in sales at the time this bottle would have been released.
Released in 2004, this beautifully orchestrated Talisker 25yo has a full, generous palate, with hot spices balanced by delicious shortbread & syrupy notes. A really awesome malt from a remarkably reliable distillery.
Released in 2005, this was the third Talisker 25yo to be released and was acclaimed at the time as being the best so far. Thankfully the standard has remained at an extraordinarily high level ever since.
One of the most consistently excellent of the super premium releases from Diageo, this cask strength Talisker 30yo is vatted from a mix of refill American and European oak casks and sadly limited to less than 3000 bottles worldwide.
A fantastic 30 year old whisky from Jura, previewed back at The Whisky Show in 2012 and long awaited since. The name 'Camas an Staca' translates to be simply 'Standing Stone' and refers to one of the 8 ancient stones dotted about the island. The whisky has been matured in American oak for most of it's life, finishing in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso butts for 3 years before bottling.
A delicious Talisker 30yo, one of the highlights of this year's Special Releases. Very, very drinkable, with plenty of character but a restrained, elegant tone after three decades of mellowing in the wood.
Released at the beginning of 2013, this 30 year old is the second oldest core expression in the Highland Park range. Bottled at a lower strength than previous editions, it exudes notes of aromatic spices, dark chocolate orange and the characteristic fudge sweetness that one has come to expect from older Highland Park bottlings.
A 20 year old bottling of Ledaig from Speyside distillers as part of their Douglas Murdoch range of independent bottlings. Since 1996 this has been the name for the peated malt produced at Tobermorey distillery on the Isle of Mull. However this is believed to have been produced in the 1970s when the distillery itself was called Ledaig and all production carried that name, peated or unpeated.
A fancier box with a brass catch for 2008's Talisker 30 yo Special Release. The 2007 bottling of this was magnificent and we've come to expect no less from what is arguably Diageo's most consistent distillery.