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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 & 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
A sherry hogshead matured Highland Park distilled in March 1983 and bottled in July 2010 for the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
Presented at full cask strength, this 24 year old Highland Park is a revelation from independent bottler Signatory. Distilled in June 1988, it was bottled in October 2012 with an outturn of 743...  More info
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A 23-Year-old single cask Highland Park, bottled by Mackillop's Choice.  More info
Just 269 bottles of this 25 year old Highland Park was produced from hogshead 746. Distilled in June 1988 at the Orkney distillery and bottled in July 2013, it is part of the Signatory Cask Strength...  More info
£119.18
248 bottles were produced from cask 759, a hogshead, where the spirit matured for 25 whole years. Distilled at Highland Park, on Orkney, it was bottled in 2013 by Signatory for their excellent Cask...  More info
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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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The second release in Highland Park's Valhalla Collection following last year's Thor release. Loki is Thor's adoptive brother, a mischievous soul, possibly even a shape-shifter and certainly an...  More info
£119.95
Cadenhead's Authentic Collection is a fantastic selection of independently bottled, well aged whiskies, just like this 28 year old Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled in 1985 and...  More info
£120.51
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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£125.00
Released for the European travel retail market, Harald is the third of six no age statement expressions (that go up in price from one to six) in the Warrior series from Highland Park. Harald Fairhair...  More info
£125.23
Distilled in 1970 at the Highland Park distillery and aged in sherry before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 2008.  More info
Highland Park 25 Year Old
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The lowest strength of the Highland Park 25 olds, this bottling is amongst their finest, with as much balance as a blindfolded tightrope walker on dental floss. Lovely heather honey character.  More info
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£131.67
A rare, discontinued of Highland Park 12, these are very hard to find.  More info
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The third release in Highland Park's The Valhalla Collection is the Freya, a 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky named after the Norse Goddess of Love. Wise, sensitive and...  More info
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£140.00
Distilled at Highland Park in 1973, this was bottled in 2009 by Gordon and MacPhail. Fruity and rich.  More info
£141.46
This was distilled at the Highland Park distillery in February 1991. It was then aged for 21 years in a single cask (refill butt number 9200) before bottling for Douglas Laing's premier Director's Cut...  More info
£144.41
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
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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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
£173.95
Distilled at the Highland Park distillery on Orkney on 8th February 1985 before a 28 year maturation period in cask 374. This single cask whisky from Scotland's northernmost distillery was bottled as...  More info
£179.23
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
£195.27
A very old, rare edition of the truly staggering Highland Park 18 Year Old - a whisky that has been named The World's Best Single Malt on more than one occasion.

This is a rare auction piece and...  More info
£199.95
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