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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 vintage Highland Park. This single cask whisky was distilled in September 1981 and bottled in November 2006 from Claret finished cask number 3080, after 25 years of ageing! A release of 206 bottles...  More info
A single cask release of 14 year old Highland Park single malt. Distilled in June 1998 and bottled in March 2013, two months before the assets from Douglas Laing were split between Fred and Stewart...  More info
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Distilled at the Highland Park distillery in 1987 before a maturation period spent in refill bourbon barrels, this Orkney single malt was bottled in 2012 by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their...  More info
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Douglas Laing have bottled this Highland park single malt at sixteen years of age for their Old Malt Cask series of non-chill filtered whiskies.  More info
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This is an exceptional Highland Park bottled by Douglas Laing for their Premier Barrel range. The whisky is presented in a porcelain decanter and boasts notes of tropical fruits and peat.  More info
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This is a twenty-one year old bottling of that Orcadian giant - Highland Park, bottled by Signatory in 2012.  More info
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This was distilled at Highland Park on the 27th June 1986, before ageing for 24 years in a single hogshead. Bottled by Signatory on the 17th January 2011. A release of 216 bottles.  More info
Douglas Laing bottled this 17 year old Highland Park for their Old Particular range of single cask releases that focuses on highly sought after whiskies. We would definitely agree that this one is...  More info
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A single cask release of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. Distilled in September 1996, and with only 206 bottles produced, this is one of...  More info
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This was distilled at the Highland Park distillery on the 16th June 1988. It was then aged for 24 years in a pair of hogsheads (casks 753 and 754) before bottling by Signatory in December 2012.  More info
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An Old Particular bottling of 17 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in September 1996 and bottled in April 2014. Drawn from a single hogshead, this coastal, smoky dram should...  More info
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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
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A 23 year old single cask Highland Park from producer-of-pretty-things, Adelphi.  More info
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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
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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
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Bottled for the Homecoming 2009, Runrig are a folk rock band from the Isle of Skye.  More info
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A 22 year old from the Orkney distillery of Highland Park, released by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Matured in a Wine treated Butt, the outturn was 477 bottles.  More info
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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
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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 smoky, sweet Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in November 1995 and bottled in December 2013 with an outturn of just 332 bottles. Part of the Old...  More info
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A 24 year old single cask Highland Park, matured in a hogshead that yielded 222 cask strength bottles. Distilled in June 1987, it was bottled by Signatory in March 2012.  More info
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A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the MacPhail's Collection. This Island beauty was distilled in 1988 and sat dormant in oak until 2013, when...  More info
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A fantastic chance to get your hands on a bottle of 22 year old Highland Park single cask whisky, which has been aged in a wine treated butt. A stunning single malt, bottled by the ever-brilliant...  More info
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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
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