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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 off, 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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A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Highland Park, left at natural cask strength. This was matured in first fill and refill sherry hogsheads, and offers a full body and plenty of Orkney character.  More info
Distilled at Highland Park in 1973, this was bottled in 2009 by Gordon and MacPhail. Fruity and rich.  More info
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A release of just 325 bottles of 13 year old Highland Park, distilled in September 1996 and bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range in January 2010.  More info
A 17 year old from the famed Orcadian distillery Highland Park. This was bottled for Cadenhead's new range of non-chillfiltered whiskies without any colouring added - just pure unadulterated whisky.  More info
Distilled at Highland Park in 1995, and aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in Château Lafite casks. This was bottled for Murray McDavid at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. A release of 1,900...  More info
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
A 12 year old Highland Park distilled in the Winter of 1996, and bottled in Spring of 2009 by Douglas Laing. This was matured in a single cask, refill hogshead number 5191.  More info
18 year old from the Highland Park distillery. This is an incredible single malt aged in bourbon casks and finished in Cellier de la Donna Grenache Blanc wine barrels. A release of 1,152 bottles...  More info
Distilled on the 13th December 1990 and aged for 19 years in sherry butt number 156595 before bottling on the 6th April 2010. A release of 254 individually numbered, cask strength bottles of Highland...  More info
14 year old from Orkney's Highland Park distillery, this was distilled in 2009 and aged in hogshead number 1481 before bottling in 2009.  More info
$94.23
A single cask Highland Park. This was distilled on the 23rd April 1990 and aged for 13 years in cask number 3922 before bottling on the 9th December 2003. A release of 369 bottles from Signatory.  More info
A single cask Highland Park, bottled for the Bladnoch forum. This was distilled in November 1997, aged in cask number 6259 and bottled on the 17th June 2010. A release of 308 numbered bottles.  More info
Distilled on the 27th June 1986, aged in hogshead number 2274 and bottled on the 24th June 2010. This is a release of just 235 single cask, cask strength bottles of Highland Park.  More info
$166.20
A sherry hogshead matured Highland Park distilled in March 1983 and bottled in July 2010 for the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
21 year old from the Alchemist range. This was distilled at Scotland's most northerly distillery - also one of the most prestigious - Highland Park.  More info
Part of a limited release of just 500 bottles from Highland Park. This was bottled for the St Magnus Festival in 2006 - an art festival founded in 1977 by Orkney's Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. The 2006...  More info
$293.75
Bottled for the Bladnoch forum, this was distilled on the 16th September 1997 at Highland Park, and aged for 12 years in hogshead number 6258 before bottling on the 23rd July 2010. A release of 273...  More info
A sherry butt matured Highland Park. This was distilled on the 13th December 1990 and aged for 19 years before bottling on the 5th August 2010. A release of 444 bottles from cask number 15698.  More info
Bottled for the Homecoming 2009, Runrig are a folk rock band from the Isle of Skye.  More info
$169.80
Distilled at the Highland Park distillery on the 15th September 1994 and aged in hogshead 122051 before bottling on the 20th September 2010. A cask strength release from the new Carn Mor range.  More info
$130.99
This was distilled in Septmeber 1996 at Highland Park. It was aged for 11 years in refill hogshead 4440 before bottling in June 2008 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of 333 bottles.  More info
An incredibly old Highland Park. This was aged for a whopping 40 years after distillation in 1968. It was aged in a single cask (number 3465) and was bottled as a release of just 177 numbered bottles...  More info
The second release in the Magnus series from Highland Park, this will sell out before we even finish writing this sentence. It was created to celebrate Saint Magnus, who was described in the...  More info
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$211.09
A delicious 13 year old Highland Park we bottled in 2010, this was distilled in 1997, and aged in a single refill bourbon hogshead. An run of just 281 incredible bottles, at natural cask strength with...  More info
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A 19 year old Highland Park from Signatory. This was distilled on the 17th September 1991 and aged in sherry butt 15114 before bottling on the 26th November 2010. A release of 731 bottles.  More info
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