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 highlight of 2006's super premium releases from Diageo. This was so popular that we sold through our initial allocation within weeks. This starts off as an elegent dram that builds on the palate to a powerful peaty, smoky, salty, peppery beast, it has complex coastal characters with notes of citrus and the most perfectly balanced finish.
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.
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 single cask bottling sherry cask matured Highland Park bottled in commemoration of a visit from Maxxium UK to the distillery. Distilled on 16th October 1980 and selected on Thursday 31st of May ready for bottling on its 21st birthday.
A special release of Talisker whisky which has been bottled at a fantastic 60% and released without an age statement or vintage. Bottled to celebrate the historic purchase of the Isle of Eigg by the Isle of Eigg Heritage in 1997.
One of the most eagerly anticipated bottlings of the 2013 Diageo Special Releases (and in our view the best looking) is this 1985 vintage Talisker. Aged for 27 years in refill American Oak, this shows off the intensity that Talisker can offer, both in terms of flavour and complexity.
One of the great Taliskers, 6000 bottles of this inaugural bottling of the now-customary Special Releases Talisker 25yo appeared in 2001. Talisker 1975 25yo picked up 90 points from whiskyfun's Serge Valentin in 2008 and remains the only officially-bottled 25yo to date with a specific vintage.
A whopping 16th entry for Talisker in the annual Diageo Special Releases, this time the oldest bottling offered by the distillery so far - a 35 year old whisky, distilled in 1977 and matured in a mixture of refill American and European oak casks.
Apparently this is the first time ever that someone has had the idea of bottling half a cask of Highland Park for release, and then bottling the rest a few months later for a separate release. Tan Tan Ta-Raaaa!