Highland Park Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky Release No 3
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Notes from Distillery
Highland Park is the most northerly single malt distillery in Scotland, situated in Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. It is geographically closer to Norway than it is to London.
The single malt made here attracted the highest praise from, critics and drinkers. It has been described by British whiskey writer Michael Jackson as "the greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky". The house style is slightly peaty, slightly smoky and slightly sweet.
Highland Park is one of the few distilleries in Scotland to malt its own barley. Its two wash stills and two spirit stills can produce as much as 2.5 million liters of spirit per year.
The whisky comes in a number of expressions. The core group of age-statemented bottlings now have additional names:
- 10 Year Old Viking Scars
- 12 Year Old Viking Honour
- 18 Year Old Viking Pride
A Cask Strength Release (in numbered editions) has also been added to the lineup. Older whiskies (21 - 50 year old) come in specified releases.
There are also a number of bottlings aimed at the travel market which may appear on the shelves of other retailers, and various special editions. A New-make-spirit is available from the distillery, its website and the Highland Park store in Kirkwall.
The distillery was founded in 1798 by Magnus Eunson, a butcher and church official by day, and a successful smuggler by night. Ironically, the distillery eventually ended up in the hands of the excise officer who arrested Eunson for smuggling.
Highland Park is now owned by the Edrington Group, and is an ingredient of the Famous Grouse blend.
Ratings and Reviews
92 Points - Whisky Advocate
This first cask-strength expression in Highland Park’s core range was matured predominantly in sherry-seasoned American oak. Honey, bonfire smoke, orange peel, and a suggestion of treacle on the nose. Sweet and smoky on the palate, with toffee and orchard fruits turning more citric in time. The finish yields sweet spices, more honey, dark chocolate, black pepper, and bonfire embers. Classic Highland Park—turned up to 11! Editors' Choice