Highland Park Distillery
Address : Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 11SU
Telephone No : 01856 874619
Web Site : www.HighlandPark.co.uk
Visitors Centre : Yes - well worth a visit.
Highland Park Distillery was established by David Robertson in 1798 and is one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. As with many distilleries there was also illicit distilling taking place on the site prior to the established date. The Highland Park Distillery was bought by Highland Distillers in 1937, around about 1980 they started investing a lot in the Distillery making it excellent for making single malt, it is now known all over the world for the quality of its single malts. The Highland Park Distillery also produces whisky for "The Famous Grouse" and "Cutty Sark" blends.
Highland Park 12 Year Old 40%
Nose: Fresh, clean and very aromatic. Floral notes abound the senses with a light grassiness. Notes of creamy manuka honey and a touch of juicy citrus with cream and a well-balanced sweetness.
Palate: Full with a pleasant subtlety to the depths. Lurking somewhere in the substratum a grilled orange lies. Notes of granary toast and green tea with jasmine. A touch of sweetness.
Finish: Quite long with peppered spicy and wood shavings
Highland Park 25 Year Old 48%
Nose: A little more pungent than other Highland Park bottlings. Notes of soft peat and wood with oaked tannins. There is a thick honey in presence with notes of menthol, walnut and a herbal quality: fennel and grass.
Palate: Quite full with toffee and supple peat. A touch of winter spice develops with notes of oaky tannins to chew.
Finish: Warm and fiery with notes of spicy oak.
Highland Park Earl Magnus Edition One 52.60%
There are just 5,976 bottles of this in the world.
This bottle comes specially packaged in old fashioned glass designed by Stoelze Flaconnage and reminiscent of bottle from 150 years ago. The bottle commemorates Earl Magnus, a peaceful Orcadian who lived in the 1100s. His cousin, named Haakon, was very jealous of Magnus, so much so that he had him murdered. Miraculous healing was said to be experienced around the Earl's tomb, and his remains were later discovered in the 1920s.
Cutty Sark Original 40 %
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Grassy, fresh and fragrant
Palate: Vanilla and oak character from American oak casks.
Finish clean and dry.
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