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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Highland Park Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Orkney Isles  Distillery Information

Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney

KW15 1SU

Tel: +44 (0)1856 873107

Visitor Centre

Please contact the distillery to confirm before travelling

November to March:

Gift Shop Mon-Fri 1-5pm.

One tour only at 2pm.

April, September and October:

Gift Shop Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Tours every half hour, last tour at 4.00pm.

May to August:

Open 7 days. Mon-Fri open as April,

September and October.

Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Tours every half hour, last tour at 4pm

Highland Park Scotch WhiskyDistillery Style Tasting Notes

Nose: Smoky and malty with hints of heather and honey.


Palate: Medium bodied. Sweet, smoky, heather, honey, spicy.


Finish: Long, spicy and peaty.


Highland Park Whisky Awards


Awards 2009


Double Gold medals 15, 18, 25, 30 Years Old

Silver – 12 Year Old


World’s Best Single Malt Whisky 21 years old 

World’s Best New Release 40 years old


Awards 2008


Best in Show Whiskey and a Double Gold for 12 yo

Silver – 15, 18 Year Old


Best Island (Non-Islay) 13-20 year old


Awards 2007


Distiller of the Year

Double Gold medals 12, 18 and 25 Years Old

Gold for 15 and 30 Year Old

Double Gold medals for Best Packaging for 25 and 30 Year Old 

Silver 12, 15 and 18 Year Old. 


Highland Park repackaging


Gold 25 Year Old

Highly commended 30 Year Old 

Highly Commended 18 Year Old


12 year old awarded best buy


Gold Best in Class for 30 Year Old

Gold - 12, 18 and 25 Year Old

Silver Best in Class - 15 Year Old

Silver - 16 Year Old

Highland Park 50 year old Highland Park 50 year old

Established 1790’s First Licensed in 1826 by Robert Borwick

Location Island region whisky from Orkney. On the southern edge of the town of Kirkwall

Water Source Local Springs


Highland Park Distilling Equipment

Traditional floor maltings

Stainless Steel Mash Tun

12 Oregon Pine Washbacks

4 Pot Stills, 2 Slightly larger Wash Stills with blue condensers outside,

2 Spirit Stills with copper condensers, Both sets slightly tapering to the neck with medium bore lyne arms.

26 Warehouses on site or locally available both traditional  dunnage and modern.

Matured in European Sherry casks with some American oak bourbon casks for balance.

Highland Park Mal t Whisky Distillery History

Records show that a illicit still was established in the area in the 1790’s by Magnus Eunson who was linked to illicit distilling and smuggling in the area.


Robert Borwick, a Kirkwall merchant, in 1825 decided to set up his distillery in the same area that was by then known as Highland Park. The property belonged to a John Robertson, the Excise Officer who had arrested Magnus Eunson some years earlier.


The land was served by two strong springs of crystal clear water fed by a pool at Cattie Maggie's at Greenvale. On 18 August 1826, he acquired the land rights together with the distillery, malt barn, and 'whole other buildings' from John Robertson.


Highland Park has always been a prized whisky. The Glasgow firm of wine and spirit merchants Robertson & Baxter, bought their first consignment of Highland Park whisky in 1879. Pleased with the result, they took nearly 14,500 gallons in 1881/2, and in the following year just over 19,000 gallons, this represented nearly fifty percent of total output at the time.


In 1895 ownership passed to James Grant who increased the stills from 2 to 4 in 1898.


1935 Highland Park was acquired by Highland Distillers Co Ltd.


Located on the southern edge of the town of Kirkwall Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in Scotland. The distillery still cuts its own peat, which it uses in its traditional floor malting of the barley on its premises.


Highland Park Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Core Expressions

12 year old

15 year old

Dark Origins


Special Bottlings

Freya, Loki, Thor, Odin.


Warrior Serries

Enair, Harald, Svein


16 year old (Duty Free Only)

Duty Free Exclusives 1973, 1990, 1994, 1998


Highland Park Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Limited Editions

Ambassador Cask  5

Earl Magnus Editions 12 year old, 15 year old

Hjarta 12 year old (Scandanavia)

Lunar Bottling 18 & 3/5 year old

Maxxium UK Conference

Orcadian Vintage Series 1964, 1968, 1970, 1973

Orkney Rugby Club

Queen of the South

Saint Magnus

Whisky Live 10 year old

Highland Park 1997 (Duty Free Only)

Highland Park 30 year old Spectator limited Edition

Highland Park Bicentenary Vintage 1977 reserve

Highland Park Ian Rankin "Rebus 20"

Highland Park Ola Duhb Special Reserve 12

Highland Park Ola Duhb Special Reserve 16

Highland Park Ola Duhb Special Reserve 30

Highland Park 50 Year Old Limited Edition

Highland Park New Make Spirit Drink


Highland Park Single Malt  Scotch Whisky  Older Distillery Bottlings

Highland Park 8 year old

18 year old

21 year old

25 year old

30 year old

40 year old

Highland Park 1967 Single Cask

Highland Park Ambassador’s Cask 1 to 4

Highland Park Cappella Special Edition

Goodwin’s Reserve

Saint Magnus Festival 2007

Spectator Special Edition


Highland Park Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

A,D Rattray



Angus Dundee

Battlehill  (Duncan Taylor).

Berry’s Own Selection,



Coopers Choice,

Dewar Rattery

Douglas Laing, Old Malt Cask, Old & Rare, Premier,  Provenance.

Duncan Taylor, Collection, Lonach, The N2 Range, Whisky Galore


Gordon & MacPhail,  Cask Strength, MacPhail’s Collection, Rare Old,

Hart Brothers,

James MacArthur's

Kingsbury (Japan Import System Co ltd).


Mackillops Choice


Murray McDavid, Mission


Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers), Private Cellar,


Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).

Whisky Fair


Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky 16 year old

Calvados Finish 46% Alchemist

Rich golden colour.


Beautiful aromas of fresh green apples balanced by oak and seaside freshness.


Clean and dry mouthfeel with layers of creamy and velvety texture.


Flavours of malt and soft grains with a hint of peat.


Apple and vanilla are in balance giving a whole feeling of warmth.


Finishes long and clean with that Calvados edge.