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Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The many islands to the North and West of the Scottish mainland were considered separate kingdoms centuries ago. The terrain, micro-climate and differences from island to island set them apart. Distillation in the Isles was first mentioned in 1609 in the Status of Iona. That law clearly dictated that spirit could be distilled on the Islands but could not be imported.

By the 18th century, drinking 'a glass of whisky' in the morning was seen as a common occurrence in some of the Isles. The legal prodcution of spirit in the Islands was not sanctioned even after the Excise Act 1823 was passed. Some 22 legal distilleries operated in the Isles for most of the 19th century.

According to some accounts, 'up to a third of the barley grown in the Isle of Mull was being used for distillation'. This shows that, although not widely recorded nor sanctioned, spirit was produced in great quantities by Island distilleries. The remoteness of their location and the fact that local authorities were sympathetic to distillers, kept people from registering their distilleries with the Excise men. 

These days there are many distilleries producing top quality spirit at many Islands. Browse our range and pick your favourite Island whisky.

11 products

Highland Park 12 year old 5CL

Highland Park 12 year old 5CL


Jura 18 year old

Jura 18 year old


Jura 21 year old Tide

Jura 21 year old Tide


Talisker 10 year old 20CL

Talisker 10 year old 20CL


Talisker 10 year old 70cl

Talisker 10 year old 70cl


Talisker Distillers Edition 2011

Talisker Distillers Edition 2011


Talisker Port Ruighe

Talisker Port Ruighe


Talisker Triple Pack (3 x 5CL)

Talisker Triple Pack (3 x 5CL)


Tobermory 12 year old

Tobermory 12 year old


Arran Machrie Moor - Peated Lochranza Malt

Arran Machrie Moor - Peated Lochranza Malt


Talisker 12 year old Douglas Laing Old Particular Cask #15638

Talisker 12 year old Douglas Laing Old Particular Cask #15638