Highland Park – Very Northern Whisky
Orkney Whisky. You can’t get Scotch Whisky from any further north on this planet than here. The Orkney Islands lie off the very northern tip of the Scottish Mainland. Islands with a history perhaps more akin to Norse gods and the Vikings, than it’s mainland compatriots. This gives the likes of Highland Park and Scapa, the islands only two distilleries, something of an obvious USP. When single cask, 18 year old releases become available they are well worth a look. Although largely classed as Highlands whisky, there is no doubting this is truly whisky from the Scottish islands. The Highland Park brand is well known and well loved. With peat cut from the island, Highland Park whisky is known for its sweet, heathery and smokey character.
Owned by the Edrington Group – Macallan and Famous Grouse – there has been an ongoing battle between the age old traditional methods at Highland Park and brand driven, marketing approach. Various limited releases have hit the market in recent years with the aim of growing the fan base. Has the whisky suffered for this. It seems not, as Highland Park is still highly regarded and admired as a single malt whisky.
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