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Highland Park

Highland Park Distillery

Region: Highlands (Island), Orkney, Scotland.

Founded: 1798

Status: Operational

Owner: Edrington Group

Ouput: 2.5 million litres alcohol per annum

Highland Park distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery based in Kirkwall, Orkney. It is the most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland, half a mile farther north than that at Scapa distillery.

History:

The distillery was founded in 1798, presumably by Magnus Eunson. The name of this whisky does not refer to the area of Scotland known as The Highlands, but rather to the fact that the distillery was founded on an area called ‘High Park’ distinguished from a lower area nearby. Highland Park is one of the few distilleries to malt its own barley, using locally cut peat from Hobbister Moor. The peat is then mixed with heather before being used as fuel. The malt is peated to a level of 20 parts per million phenol and then mixed with unpeated malt produced on the Scottish mainland. In 1984, Highland Park was the only whisky ever to have scored a rating of 100% by the regular tasting team of The Scotsman, a national newspaper of Scotland. Whisky reviewer Michael Jackson has called it “The greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky.”

Highland Park Whisky Reviews:

  • Highland Park 12 Years Old ~ 40% (Edrington) - Whisky Review: Highland Park 12 Years Old Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Highland Park Distillery ABV: 40% Cost: £27.50 from Master of Malt  What they say: The expression that started it all for Highland Park. First introduced in 1979, the 12 year old is at the very heart of our core range and […]
  • HP-Freya Highland Park 15 Years Old Freya ~ 51.2% (Edrington) - Highland Park Freya – Valhalla Collection (Official Bottling) 51.2% ABV, £140 for 70cl Score: 91/100 What they say: For the third release in the acclaimed Valhalla Collection, Highland Park has turned its attention to the mesmerising Norse Goddess of Love, Freya. Continuing the tradition of reflecting the character and qualities of the Norse Gods in […]
  • Highland_Park__Loki Highland Park 15 Years Old Loki ~ 48.7% (Edrington) - Highland Park Loki – Valhalla Collection (Official Bottling) 48.7% ABV, £120 for 70cl Score: 87/100 What they say: (From Master of Malt) 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 enigmatic character. Highland Park have sought […]
  • highland-park-15-year-old-whisky Highland Park 15 Years Old ~ 40% (Edrington) - Whisky Review: Highland Park 15 Years Old Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Highland Park Distillery Bottling: Edrington ABV: 40% Cost: £80.29 buy from Master of Malt What they say: 15 year old single malt from Orkney’s Highland Park Distillery, which was re-released in 2016. Dig in to waves of coastal smoke and Sherried peels, […]
  • HP-Thor-bottle-pack Highland Park 16 Years Old Thor ~ 52.1% (Edrington) - Highland Park Thor – Valhalla Collection (Official Bottling) 52.1% ABV, £120 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: Highland Park Thor has a natural strength like its namesake, drawing influence from the environment unique to Orkney, to create a truly elemental spirit. Distilled where sea turns to ocean, this 16 year-old single malt is a […]
  • Highland Park 18 Years Old 1995 4.194 Lip-smacking and mouth-puckering ~ 53.3% (SMWS) - Highland Park 18 Years Old 1995 – 4.194 Lip-smacking and mouth-puckering Single malt scotch whisky 53.3% ABV, £71.70 buy from SMWS Score: 87/100 What they say: Cask No. 4.194 The nose picked up wood and leather (fireside bellows, old suitcase, wicker baskets, seasoned oak furniture, burnt sticks) along with caramelized sugar, smoky bacon, orange oil and […]
  • HP-18yo-bottle-pack Highland Park 18 Years Old ~ 43% (Edrington) - Highland Park 18 Years Old Island single malt scotch whisky 43% ABV, £99 for 70 cl available from Highland Park shop Score: 87/100 What they say: Considered by many whisky writers across the globe as the ‘industry’s favourite whisky’, Highland Park 18 year old is a masterclass of balance, complexity and refinement. Lingering layers of […]
  • SMWS 4.124 After hours Highland Park 19 Years Old 1995 4.214 After hours ~ 54.4% (SMWS) - Review: Highland Park 19 Years Old 1995 – 4.214 After hours Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Highland Park Distillery Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 4.214 ABV: 54.4% Cost: £89.70 buy from SMWS Score: 86/100 What they say: Cask No. 4.214 We all got very hungry nosing this one. Aromas of lamb tagine spiced […]
  • highland-park-21-year-old-whisky Highland Park 21 Years Old ~ 47.5% (Edrington) - Review: Highland Park 21 Years Old Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Highland Park Distillery Bottling: Edrington ABV: 47.5% Cost: £142.72 from Master of Malt What they say: Drawing its incredible character from predominantly American oak casks which have been seasoned with sherry, our 21 year old is a truly dynamic whisky, with an […]
  • The Whiskyphiles Highland Park 22 Years Old Cadenheads Highland Park 22 Years Old 1992 – Small Batch ~ 59.7% (Cadenhead’s) - Highland Park 22 Years Old 1992 – Small Batch ~ 59.7% (Wm Cadenhead) 59.7% ABV, £85 for 70cl Score: 87/100 What they say: Highland Park 22yo 1992 – 2014 Sherry butt 426 bottles 59.7% Cadenheads old sherried HP sauce, what’s not to like? What I say: Dram # 4 from the Jolly Toper P/O/U/R/S tasting held […]
  • Highland Park 22 Years Old 1992 Sherry Cask ~ 59.6% (Cadenhead’s) - Highland Park 22 Years Old 1992 – Sherry Cask Island single malt scotch whisky 59.6% ABV, £96 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: Distilled at Highland Park distillery in 1992, bottled in December 2014, 234 bottle outturn at cask strength of 59.6% What I say: Dram No. 4 at the Jolly Toper Christmas Tasting (18th […]
  • SMWS-NLtasting 03/02/2015 Highland Park 27 Years Old 1986 4.202 Salt and pepper ~ 45.1% (SMWS) - Highland Park 27 Years Old 1986 – 4.202 Salt and pepper Island single malt scotch whisky 45.1% ABV, £126 buy from SMWS Score: 86/100 What they say: Cask No. 4.202 We found ourselves in a garden shed on the Atlantic coast. The salty sea breeze impregnated everything – work bench, wooden shelves, compost, window flower boxes, […]
  • highland-park-cadenheads-27-yo-1988-2015 Highland Park 27 Years Old 1988 Wine cask ~ 53.3% (Cadenhead’s) - Review: Highland Park 27 Years Old 1988 Wine cask Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Highland Park Distillery Bottling: Wm Cadenhead’s Wine Cask ABV: 53.3% Cost: £130 from Cadenhead’s What they say: Distilled in 1988 and bottled July 2015 producing 234 bottles at 53.3% ABV. What I say: From Moxies’s Tasting with Moxie – […]
  • Highland Park 28 Years Old 1984 – Executive Decision ~ 48.5% (Douglas Laing) - Highland Park 28 Years Old 1984 – Executive Decision (aka Director’s Cut) Single malt scotch whisky 48.5% ABV, £230 for 70cl Score: 90/100 What they say: At this point during our visit to the Douglas Laing & Co Ltd. HQ, Jan started to wrap things up and start moving onto a few older and peatier samples […]
  • Highland-Park-Drakkar-single-malt-scotch-whisky Highland Park Drakkar ~ 40% (Travel Retail Exclusive) - Highland Park Drakkar single malt scotch whisky Highland Park Distillery – Edrington Group 40% ABV, RRP £34.99 for 1L, samples available at Master of Malt Score 79/100 What they say: Nada, nothing, zip. Nothing on the bottle, pretty though it is, and as for packaging this comes as naked as the day it was bottled. I […]
  • highland-park-hobbister-bottle Highland Park Hobbister ~ 51% (Edrington) - Review: Highland Park Hobbister Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Highland Park Distillery Bottling: Edrington Distillery Exclusive ABV: 51% Cost: £75.00   What they say: Presented by Edrington’s Master Blender Gordon Motion at #MeetTheBlenders2016. Highland Park Hobbister is intended to be a special treat for those who make it all the way to windy Orkney […]
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