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 »
A bottle of 8 year old Talisker. which we estimate dates from the 1970s. This was the same decade the maltings at the distillery closed and barley began to be imported from Glen Ord (the nearest maltings 100 miles away). Beautifully presented in a green box to match the glass.
A beautiful (and very rare) Talisker 12 year old, bottled at 43% at some point in the 1980s before they switched to their now-habitual 45.8%. With this being a litre bottle, is it possible that this was an early foray into the duty-free market, perhaps?
A 1956 vintage Talisker from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. This heavily sherried cask thankfully was unharmed by a fire at the distillery on 22nd November 1960 which caused substantial damage.
A 1955 vintage Talisker from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their cask strength series of releases. Bottled in 1993, this spent almost 40 years in wood, the majority, if not all in sherry casks. Awarded an impressive 92 points by the Malt Maniacs.
A mix of seven hogsheads and one butt (all refill casks), Highland Park 1968 is the second in the distilery's Orcadian Vintage series. The packaging for this series is spectacular, with a heavy oak box featuring Viking design marquetry wood inlays and a handcrafted silver amulet on the front.
A special bottling of Highland Park to commemorate the retirement of company chairman John Goodwin. Bottled at 35 years of age – the same time Goodwin spent with the company – this was bottled at cask strength in October 1997, two months before he retired.
Another entry in Highland Park's impressive Orcadian Vintages range - a whisky made from a marriage of casks distilled in 1970. This continues the series incredible presentation, with a heavy dark glass bottle and hand detailed wooden box.
The fifth entry in Highland Park's super-premium Orcadian Vintages range, and one of the highlights of The Whisky Show 2011. Vatted from 13 American oak casks, a mix of butts and hoghseads, and presented in a box illustrated to celebrate Orkney's Scandinavian heritage.
A very, very special new Isle of Jura, part of the new Rare & Prestigious range from Whyte & Mackay. Only 98 bottles were yielded from the cask. Click on the product for more details and tasting notes.
Just 100 bottles of this famous Talisker were released, yielded from what was at the time the oldest cask at the distillery (this was in the days before the superb 30 year olds were introduced). Released through Oddbins initially, this extremely rare bottling of one of Scotland's best malts sold out in a matter of hours and it retains its cachet and desirability to this day.
Another stunning packaging job for this limited release of fifty-year-old Highland Park 1960, featuring a sterling silver abstract 'cage' around the bottle by Scottish artist Maeve Gillies and a natural-look wooden box. The official tasting notes suggest a sherry influence on this, with tobacco, raisins and cooked fruit.
Whisky Bible Awards 2013: Single Malt of the Year (41 years & Over - Multiple Casks); 96.5 Points