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Highland Park

Highland Park is Scotland’s northernmost whisky distillery, lying just to the North-east of fellow Orcadian, Scapa. Orkney is a rugged, beautiful island and the Highland Park distillery sits on a hillside near Kirkwall. Not far are sweeping plains of barley field and the rocky outcrops which protrude ominously from the ground. The sea beats the coast; her salty air and the island’s geology contribute to the rich character of Highland Park single malts. The distillery draws its water from the mineral rich springs to the east of the distillery as well as the Crantit Spring.

Highland Park was founded in 1798, by David Robertson on what was once the site of Magnus Eunson's cottage. Eunson was not only a beadle at the local church but also a notorious smuggler. Highland Park was officially licensed in 1826. After James Borwick inherited the distillery in 1869, the production at Highland Park was slowed; James was a priest and believed that whisky production contradicted with his religious status. Accordingly, in 1876 Stuart and Mackay moved in and dramatically helped sales through overseas exportation.

In 1895, James Grant of Glenlivet fame acquired the Highland Park distillery. Three years later he installed further stills, bringing the total to four. One of the few Scotch whisky distilleries to operate onsite floor maltings, Highland Park’s weekly malted barley production of 35 tonnes supplies twenty percent of its own malt requirements, the remainder is shipped in from Simpson’s and Edrington’s maltings respectively. £18 million was spent relaunching the brand; the range was repackaged and remarketed and the buildings were extensively renovated. Highland Park’s future is bright having recently overtaken Islay giant Lagavulin in terms of sales.

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About Highland Park Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01856 874619

Distillery Founded

1798

Distillery Capacity

2 500 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SU

Distillery Owner

The Edrington Group

Distillery Website

www.highlandpark.co.uk

1798

David Robertson founds the distillery. The local smuggler and businessman Magnus Eunson previously operated an illicit whisky production on this site.

1816

John Robertson, an Excise Officer who arrested Magnus Eunson, takes over production.

1826

Highland Park obtains a license and the distillery is taken over by Robert Borwick.

1840

Robert´s son George Borwick takes over but the distillery deteriorates.

1869

The younger brother James Borwick inherits Highland Park and attempts to sell it as he does not consider the distillation of spirits as compatible with his priesthood.

1876

Stuart & Mackay becomes involved and improves the business by exporting to Norway and India.

1895

James Grant (of Glenlivet Distillery) buys Highland Park.

1898

James Grant expands capacity from two to four stills.

1937

Highland Distilleries buys Highland Park.

1979

Highland Distilleries invests considerably in marketing Highland Park as single malt which increases sales markedly.

1986

A visitor centre, considered one of Scotland’s finest, is opened.

1997

Two new Highland Park are launched, an 18 year old and a 25 year old.

1999

Highland Distillers are acquired by Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons.

2000

Visit Scotland awards Highland Park “Five Star Visitor Attraction”. The distillery has spent over £2 million on the visitor centre and distillery.

2005

Highland Park 30 years old is released, first in the US and in the autumn in UK.

2006

The second edition of Ambassador´s Cask, a 10 year old from 1996, is released. New packaging is introduced.

2007

The Rebus 20, a 21 year old duty free exclusive, a 38 year old and a 39 year old are released.

2008

A 40 year old and the third and fourth editions of Ambassador´s Cask are released.

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This is a seventeen year old Highland Park bottled by Cooper's Choice in 2007.  More info
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The Highland Park 12 year old is the classic all-rounder whisky, this is the same stuff in the previous bottle design.  More info
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This is bottling of Highland Park distilled in 1991 and bottled by MacKillops Choice, and is a delicious example of this Orcadian malt.  More info
A half bottle of 8 year old Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$23.93
An 8 year old from Highland Park, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail at 8 years of age. A creamy, slightly smoky dram.  More info
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$37.27
Bottled for the Homecoming 2009, Runrig are a folk rock band from the Isle of Skye.  More info
$168.71
Distilled at Highland Park on the 13th December 1990, this was filled into sherry butt 15699 and aged for 20 years before bottling at cask strength by Signatory on the 20th June 2011. A release of 417...  More info
A fantastic little whisky from Murray McDavid's acclaimed Mission Cask Strength series. This was distilled in 1984, and aged in a single cask before bottling with an outturn of 252 numbered bottles...  More info
This single cask Highland Park was distilled on the 17th September 1991, and it was aged in sherry butt number 15116 before bottling un-chillfiltered by Signatory on the 6th October 2011. A release of...  More info
$107.30
Distilled at Highland Park on the 27th June 1986, this was aged for 25 years in a single hogshead (cask 2279) before bottling on the 22nd October 2011. A release of 240 numbered bottles from...  More info
$157.64
A very rare single cask Highland Park, especially bottled for Oddbins. This was distilled in 1995 and aged for 12 years in cask 1555 before bottling in 2007. Very tasty indeed.  More info
A beautiful single cask Highland Park distilled on the 5th March 1992 and aged in cask 1233 before bottling by Montgomerie's in June of 2007.  More info
$107.30
This was distilled at Highland Park on the 13th December 1990 before a 20 year maturation in sherry butt 15697 before bottling by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 3rd November 2011...  More info
$98.91
Highland Park 1998 1l
(100cl, 40%)
This was launched in April 2010 for the Travel Retail market, and is a full litre bottling of 1998 vintage Highland Park. Lots of fruit and manuka honey, and aged for 12 years in American bourbon oak.  More info
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$81.38
A incredibly good whisky which was launched in March 2010 for the travel retail market, Highland Park Leif Eriksson was released to celebrate the first European to reach America over a thousand years...  More info
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$124.15
This was distilled at the Highland Park distillery on the 13th December 1990 before 21 years in sherry butt 15694. It was bottled on the 9th January 2012, and there are 395 numbered decanter bottles...  More info
$170.19
The stupendous first bottling in Highland Park's Valhalla Collection, showcasing Orkney's Scandinavian connections. This first edition was made in honour of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder and supposed...  More info
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This single cask Highland Park was distilled on the 17th September 1991 and it was aged in Sherry Butt 15090 for 20 years before bottling on the 24th November 2011. A release of 769 numbered bottles...  More info
$107.30
An 18 year old indie bottling of Highland Park. This was bottled by Cadenhead for their Duthies range.  More info
A lovely whisky with a very cool story behind it, here's a précis of it: Highland Park launched their first '77 Bicentenary in 1998 and it sold out immediately. The only bottles not sold were set...  More info
$444.55
Very unusual this one, a wonderful Highland Park, aged for 16 years. This was bottled by Alchemist and was even given a finish in Calvados barrels (it's quite rare to find a Calvados finished whisky).  More info
Bottled as part of Douglas Laing's premium (and very handsomely packaged) Director's Cut range, this stellar malt was distilled in 1984 before a 27 year maturation in a single cask. A really...  More info
$327.64
This is fifteen year old bottling of Highland Park from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask Range. The Orcadian distillery of Highland Park started life as an illicit still under the ownership of Magnus...  More info
$120.04
This was distilled at the Highland Park distillery on the 16th June 1988. It was aged in hogsheads 741 and 742 for 23 years before bottling by Signatory on the 1st March 2012.  More info
$108.93
A single cask bottling of Highland Park, Scotland's highest distillery Signatory bottled this 24 year old as part of their cask strength collection.  More info
$166.56
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