Highland Park

Overview

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.

Highland Park has performed well at international spirit ratings competitions. Its 25-year single malt scotch, for example, received double gold medals at the 2007 and 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Location and contact details

Location Location: Highland Park Distillery, Holm Road, Kirkwall KW15 1SU, UK
Web Web: https://www.highlandparkwhisky.com/
Email Email: tours[at]highlandparkwhisky.com
Telephone Telephone: +44 (0) 1856 874619
Twitter Twitter: Highland Park Whisky (@HighlandPark)

Facts and figures

Location Kirkwall, Orkney
Owner Edrington Group
Founded 1798
Founder Magnus Eunson
Number of Stills 2 wash stills
2 spirit stills
Capacity 2,500,000 litres per year

Tours

Highland Park is open throughout the year for tours. Due to the remoteness of Orkeny, booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

There are several tours available:

  • The £10 Viking Soul Tour includes a tour of the distillery, finishing with a tastig of two drams of Highland Park and lasts approximately 1 hour:
    • Every hour, on the hour, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday and from 12noon to 4pm on Sundays (May to September)
    • Every hour, on the hour from 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday (April)
    • 2.00pm and 3.00pm only, Monday to Friday (October to March)
  • The £10 Viking Heroes Tour includes a tour of the distillery, finishing with a tastig of three drams of Highland Park and lasts approximately 1 1/4 hours:
    • Every hour, on the hour, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday and from 12noon to 4pm on Sundays (May to September)
    • Every hour, on the hour from 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday (April)
    • 2.00pm and 3.00pm only, Monday to Friday (October to March)
  • The £75 Magnus Eunson Tour is an expertly tutored nosing and tasting of seven whiksies from the Highland Park rangeincluding the 25, 30 and 40 Year Old single malts:
    • 2.30pm Monday to Saturday (May to September)
    • 2.00pm Monday to Friday (October to April)

    This tour is must be booked in advance.

History and Production

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 is available in various proprietary bottlings by year, as well as a special bottling known as Cappella, available only at the distillery. In addition, several independent bottlings of Highland Park are produced. Highland Park is also one of the ingredients of The Famous Grouse blend.

Information correct as of 23/7/2017
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Highland Park distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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