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According to the formal classification of the Scotch Whisky Association, the whisky-producing islands, except Islay, belong to the Highlands region. But for convenience, these islands fall under the informal whisky region The Islands. These are the Orkney Islands, Skye, Arran, Mull and Isle of Jura. The whiskies of these islands have nothing in common, by the way. Except that they come from an island.
Made by the Sea, reads the label of this 25 year old Talisker single malt whisky. Indeed, also in this edition of the until recently only distillery on the Isle of Skye, you will find maritime notes, and also sweet peat smoke and fruit, for example. 45.8%
One of the core bottlings of the Arran Distillery. The first batch came out in 2020, and now the second. The 21-year-old single malt whisky matured in sherry casks, but the sherry influence is not overpowering. Pleasant to drink, well balanced. (46%)
The Tobermory Distillery in the capital of the same name of the Isle of Mull also makes a peated version of its single malt whisky under the Ledaig brand name. This is an 11 year old Ledaig finished in virgin oak by Alistair Walker. Bottled at 58.5%.
Meadowside Blending is behalve bottelaar ook whiskyblender, met een eigen merk: Royal Thistle. De ervaring in het blenden vinden we terug in deze blended malt. De drie single malts hierin, Macallan, Tobermory en Deanston zijn minstens 23 jaar oud. (45,8%)
With a bottling in their The Maltman series, Meadowside Blending won gold at the International Spirits Challenge in 2017. This 14-year-old Ledaig single malt whisky appears in the same series. This peated malt is known for its 'earthy' character. (50,1%)
This bottling of a Talisker single malt whisky appeared in Edition Spirits' First Editions series. The malt matured for 10 years in a sherry cask and was bottled at 57.6%. In addition to smoke and peat, you will find fresh herbs, salty caramel and mint.
Machrie Moor is the brand under which Arran releases peated malt. And within this brand there are the Cask Strength bottlings in a limited edition. The Machrie Moor's have their own character, different from the peated Islay's for example.
An new edition edition by the Arran distillery of their peated single malt whisky Machrie Moor. This whisky, which is bottled at 46%, is not too heavily peated and therefore remains a pleasantly drinkable dram, with the Arran profile clearly recognizable.
When a bottler releases an 'Unnamed Orkney' single malt whisky, the average whisky connoisseur knows enough. Released by Signatory Vintage in their Un-Chillfiltered Collection, this HP matured for 15 years in a refill sherry cask. Bottled at 46%.
On the small Hebridean island of Raasay is since 2017 a whisky distillery. And this is one of their first true single malt whisky bottlings. Young of course (3 years old) and matured in 3 cask types: rye whisky, Chinkapin oak and Bordeaux wine. (46.4%)
You don't often come across third-party bottlings of Scapa single malt whisky. And bottlings like this one from Gordon & MacPhail are even more rare! This Orkney malt is 29 years old and matured on a 1st fill bourbon cask all the time. Only 66 bottles!
With this Highland Park you can clearly taste that the single malt whisky from the Orkneys matured for ten years in a Manzanilla sherry cask. But you can also still taste the well-known HP character. Gleann Mór from Edinburgh bottled this malt at 50%.
The Arran Distillery is also doing 'finishing' these days. This bottling, for example, is finished in port casks and that gives the single malt whisky notes of hazelnut, strawberry jam and mandarin oranges. All well in balance with the Arran profile. 50%
The Arran Distillery nowadays also does 'finishing'. Take, for example, this 'ageless' single malt whisky that is finished in sauternes wine casks. You can taste the wine influence in fruity notes such as apricot and pear, with a hint of nutmeg. At 50%.
The well-known 10-year-old standard bottling from the Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye has been given a new look. Label and box express the maritime character of this malt, which further stands out with notes like sweet smoke, peat and pepper.
A 47-year-old Linkwood single malt whisky? yes!!! Bottler Gordon & MacPhail released 190 bottles at the end of 2020. The Speyside malt matured on a sherry cask (refill hogshead) from the bottler itself. Rarely has such an old Linkwood appeared. At 51.4%.
In the Small Batch series, Berry Bros & Rudd releases this 11 year old single malt whisky from the Orkney Islands. The bottler mentions as characteristic notes for this malt: honey, heather, peat smoke and berries. We then know that it is a Highland Park!
If you are looking for a full, robust, well-balanced single malt whisky that feels soft and oily and also has a hint of smoke and maritime notes, then this 18-year-old Talisker is the one! Matured in bourbon and sherry casks. (this is the 2004 bottling)
This Highland Park single malt whisky in the new Viking Pride series is actually the old 18-year-old standard bottle in a new design. This whisky still has that excellent balance between the characteristic spirit and sherry cask. One to have at home!
If you are looking for a full, robust, well-balanced and complex single malt whisky that feels soft and oily and also has a hint of smoke and maritime notes, then this 18-year-old Talisker is the one! Matured in bourbon and sherry casks. At 45,8%.
More than 15 years ago, this special Talisker was bottled, after it was vatted for 25 years before, in 1981. A complex but balanced taste palette in the nose and mouth, all of the notes that characterize Talisker single malt whisky and more. Top class!
Whitlaw single malt whisky? Never heard of it ... But if you know that Whitlaw is a pseudonym for Highland Park, then you know enough. So this is a 5 year old HP, bottled by Dutch bottler Van Wees. Matured in a cask that was scraped and recharred. At 46%.
This is the 2020 edition of a Lagavulin single malt whisky from Diageo's Special Releases series. Previous editions of this series scored high on Whiskybase. This is a cask-strength (56,4%) Lagavulin that has matured for 12 years in refill American oak.
The Tobermory Distillery on Mull makes two types of single malt whisky: one un-peated and one peated. The peated version is called Ledaig and is considered a good alternative to the smoky Islay malts. And this Ledaig here is 24 years old. At 46.8%.
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