40%INFO The Northern most Scotch Distillery Orkney Islands James Grant & Company, (Highland park Distillery)
8 years old
43% THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Distilled 20.1.86 Bottled 9.94 Cask No. 93 460 bottles Van Wees, Amersfoort
8 years old
43% THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Distilled 20.1.86 Bottled 9.94 Cask No. 92 380 bottles Van Wees, Amersfoort
9 years old
43 % THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Distilled 20.1.86 Bottled 1.95 Cask No. 91 440 bottles Van Wees, Amersfoort
6 years old
43 % THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Distilled 12.88 Bottled 6.95 Cask No. 1210 480 bottles Van Wees, Amersfoort
6 years old
43% THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Distilled 12.88 Cask No. 1209 Bottled 6.95 475 bottles Van Wees, Amersfoort
21 years old
40%INFO VINTAGE 1977 RESERVE BICENTENARY 1798- 1998 Distilled: 1977 Bottled: 1998 Celebrating 200 Golden Years James Grant & Co. (Highland Park Distillery) Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
14 years old
46 %INFO THE UNFILTERED COLLECTION ISLAND SINGLE MALT Distilled on: 16 th June 1988 Bottled 17 th June 2002 Cask No. 713 401 Genummerde flessen No Chillfiltration Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh
8 years old
43 % DE YOUNGS Selected Single Malts Wines & Whiskies, G.A. de Jong, Delft
56,3%INFO Date Distilled Apr 80 Date Bottled Jan 94 Single Malt Scotch Whisky No. code L 4.22 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
10 years old
46 % Distilled 11/11/92 Bottled 12/03/02 Matured in a refill - sherrycask Cask No. 20574 210 Genummerde flessen Non Chill-filtered Usquebach Society, Nederland
16 years old
57,8 %INFO SINGLE CASK SCOTCH WHISKY Date Distilled Oct 82 Date Bottled Sept 99 Society Cask No. code 4.66 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh 'Opal Fruits in a Peat reek'
8 years old
43 % from the Islands of Orkney Gradi 43o - Idrati CL. 75 - Anidri 32.25 E Importato Dalla G.F. Ferraretto E C. Milano Licenza Utif 129 James Grant & Co, (Highland Park Distillery) Ltd Kirkwall, Orkney
18 years old
43 % Gradi 43o - Idrati CL. 75 - Anidri 32.25 E Importato Dalla G.F. Ferraretto E C. Milano Licenza Utif 129James Grant & Company (Highland Park Distillery) Ltd Kirkwall, Orkney
7 years old
43 % THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Distilled 14.12.88 Cask No. 1212 Bottled 11.95 485 bottles Van Wees, Amersfoort
10 years old
43 % THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Distilled 31/10/89 Cask No. 3213 Bottled 10/5/2000 The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.
36 years old
41,40% PEERLESS A Unique Whisky of Distinction Fons et Origo Distilled 05.1966 Bottled 07.2002 Cask No. 4640 184 bottles Duncan Taylor & Co.
11 years old
57,7 %INFO VINTAGE 1990 CASK STRENGHT Matured in a sherry butt Distilled on 21.9.90 Bottled 20.5.2002 Cask No. 15448 596 Genummerde flessen Natural Colour Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co,Ltd, Edinburgh
19 years old
55,3 %INFO SINGLE CASK From the Northernmost Scotch Whisky Distillery in the World Specially Selected and Bottled in Scotland for MAXXIUM NETHERLANDS Cask number 2793 was filled at an original alcohol strenght of 55,3 %, on the 13th of November 1986 and placed in warehouse 19 at Highland Park distillery Sherry Wood Matured Bottled 2005 1120 Numbered Bottles International Whisky Festival, Leiden 2005 Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney 35 cl bottle
Aged 15 years
40 % SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY ORKNEY ISLANDS The Northernmost Scotch Whisky Distillery in the World James Grant & Company (Highland Park Distillery) Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Aged 40 years
40.7 % Region Island CASK STRENGHT RARE AULD SCOTCH WHISKY Unique Whiskies of Distinction Fons et Origo D T C Date distilled 12.1966 Cask no. 11009 Date bottled 12.2006 Numbered Bottles 294 Bottles No Chillfiltering or Colourings of any kind Duncan Taylor, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
40,9 % PEERLESS SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Cask Strenght Single Island Malt DUNCAN TAYLOR Unique Whiskies of Distinction Fons et Origo DT C Distilled 28.03.68 Cask No. 3464 Bottled 11.11.08 175 Numbered Bottles Duncan Taylor and Co, Ltd, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
Aged 12 years
55 % SAINT MAGNUS OF ORKNEY BOTTLING SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Distilled in Kirkwall LIMITED EDITION EDITION TWO 1 of 11.994 Bottles Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney
1 9 9 4
40 % Distilled 1994 Distilled in Kirkwall Bottled in 2010 Created exclusively for Global Retail Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands.
1 9 8 9 21 years old
46 % THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Orkney Single Malt Distilled: 04/12/89 Matured in a Sherry Butt Cask no: 11895 Bottled: 08/03/11 771 Numbered Bottles Natural Colour Non Chillfiltering Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company, NL
Aged 16 years
52.1 % T H O R WHISKY OF THE GODS 1 of 23,000 Bottles Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney
HIGHLAND PARK 2 0 0 1
GORDON & MACPHAIL
CASK STRENGHT SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
From Highland Park Distillery
Cask No. 299 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel
Natural Colour Non Chill Filtered
Especially Selected, Matured by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
NEW MAKE SPIRIT DRINK
Distilled February 2010
Bottled March 2010
Volume 35 cl
Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall,
Gekregen van Ewald Lap
HIGHLAND PARKINFO 1 9 8 6 20 years old
40 % PREMIERS CHOICE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SIR WINSTON CHURCHIL 1874 - 1965 Distilled in the year 1986 Bottled in the year 2006 Numbered Bottles Imported by Independent Wine & Spirit (Thailand) Co, Ltd. Bangkok
HIGHLAND PARK VINTAGE 1 9 9 9 14 years old
46 % THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Distilled: 15/10/99 Matured in a Bourbon Barrel Cask no: 800167 Bottled: 29/08/14 262 Numbered Bottles Natural Colour Non Chillfiltered Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company NL. . HIGHLAND PARK Estd 1798 Aged 10 years
46 % AMBASSADOR's CHOICE Single Malt Scotch Whisky "We guarantee this whisky to be distilled solely from the finest home grown barley Distilled in Kirkwall Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Aged 30 years
1 9 8 9
Refill Sherry Butt
Non – chill – filtered
Carefully Matured in our own
Casks with spirit entrusted to
us from Highland Park Distillery
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
Toffee and coffee bean aromas
balanced by a citrus edge. Pepper
flavours give way to orange zest,
dark chocolate and warming spices.
Long and fruity finish with lingering
The Northern Highlands Orkney HIGHLAND PARK (1795
Kirkwall, Orkney. Licentiehouder: James Grant & Co, Ltd. Eigendom van The Highland Distilleries Co. Pic. Aan het eind van de 18e eeuw was het Orcadian distillateurs niet toegestaan om hun whisky te verkopen buiten de eilanden, maar smokkelpraktijken zorgden ervoor dat de whisky werd verkocht tot in de Lowlands. In 1805 arriveerden de ambtenaren van de accijnzen op Orkney en de burgemeester van Kirkwall, ook eigenaar van een distilleerderij, Thomas Traill speelde op zeker en vroeg en kreeg een licentie om een brouwerij en distilleerderij te beginnen in de Millstreet te Kirkwall. Hij werkte samen met Magnus Eunson die ook een distilleerderij bezat. Het is waarschijnlijk dat Highland Park op de plaats staat van de distilleerderij van Traill en Eunson. In 1825 begon Robert Borwick Highland Park, de gebouwen waren het eigendom van een ambtenaar van accinzen, John Robertson. Reden voor de vestiging van de distilleerderij hier, was de aanwezigheid van de waterbron te Cattie Maggie. Highland Park bleef vijf en dertig in het bezit van de familie Borwick. Toen James Borwick Highland Park erfde in 1869 vond hij het beter de distilleerderij te verkopen, vanwege zijn ambt als dominee. In 1888 werd James Grant, wiens vader directeur was geweest van The Glenlivet, manager van Highland Park en in 1895 eigenaar. De familie Grant bleef eigenaar van Highland Park tot 1937 toen Highland Bis^ tillers de distilleerderij overnam.
Highland Park heeft vier met stoom verhitte ketels en 20 % van de gemoute gerst komt van eigen moutvloeren. Het water komt van Cattie Maggie's Spring. De Mash tun is 11.4 ton. De twaalf Wash backs zijn elk 29.000 liter. De twee Wash stills hebben elk een inhoud van 20.000 liter, de twee Spirit stills elk 18.000 liter en worden indirect verhit met stoom. De turf wordt gestoken te Hobbister Moor. De mout, met 20 ppm phenol, is zwaar turfgerookt en wordt vervolgens gemengd met malt gedroogd boven niet geturfrookte malt, die wordt aangevoerd vanaf het vaste land. De distilleerderij kat is (1998) Barley. Tot 1996 had Highland Park twee huis katten, de tweede werd Malt genoemd.
Voorjaar 1999 kregen de Edrington Group en Highland Distillers verschil van mening over het niet of vel aanhouden van de beursnotering. September 1999 wordt bekend dat Edrington en William Grant & Sons samen Highland Distillers overnemen. De naam van de nieuwe onderneming luidt: The 1887 Company, wat slaat op het stichtingsjaar van Highland Distillers. Edrington verkrijgt 70 %-, William Grant & Sons 30 % van de aandelen/ Augustus 2003. Er is een kat aankomen lopen en die ging niet meer weg. Highland Park is de enige distil-leerderij met nu drie katten: Barley, Malt en Phenols.
PEERLESS Duncan Taylor & Co, Huntly, Aberdeen. In 1933 begon Abe Rosenberg, samen met twee broers een drankengroothandel in Syosset te New York. De Star Liqueor Company verkocht de merken Duncan Taylor, Hartley Parkers en McColls in de staten New York, Connecticut en Miami. Na de tweede wereldoorlog werd Abe Rosenberg de alleen importeur van J & B blended whisky. In 1964 begon Abe Rosenberg te investeren in vaten Schotse Single Malt Whisky, en lette bij aankoop in het bijzonder op de soort- en kwaliteit van het hout van de vaten. De whiskies van Islay hadden zijn bijzondere yoorkeur. In 1994, op 85 jarige leeftijd overleed Abe Rosenberg, en het beheer van zijn omvangrijke erfenis kwam in handen van een liefdadigheidsinstelling, die zijn naam droeg. Om de erfenis ten gelde te maken zochten de beheerders contact in Schotland en kwamen uiteindelijk in contact met Euan Shand. Euan Shand, zoon van een vroegere manager van Glendronach, en opgegroeid op de distilleer-derij, ging na zijn opleiding werken bij Allied Distillers te Glasgow, en was ook nog kort tijdelijk manager van Ardmore. Na een korte onderbreking administrateur - boekhouder startte hij de Bennachie Scotch Whisky Co. In 1997 kocht Euan Shand de merken Glendarroch en Whisky Galore. Euan Shand werd koper de whiskyvoorraad en Duncan Taylor & Co. Deze voorraad bestaat uit ongeveer 4000 vaten whisky, deels inmiddels heel oud en bijzonder. Macallen, Bowmore, Glen Grant en St. Magdalene, Laphroaig en Bunnahabhain uit 1966, gelagerd in Cognac en Sherryvaten.
1997 Highland Park 18 jaar oud en 25 jaar oud worden uitgebracht
2005 Highland Park 30 jaar oud wordt uitgebracht Highland Park 16 jaar oud wordt uitgebracht Highland park Ambassador's Cask 1984 wordt uitgebracht voor de Duty Free markt
2006 De tweede editie van Ambassador's Cask 10 jaar oud van 1966 wordt uitgebracht De verpakking wordt vernieuwd
2008 Highland park 40 jaar oud wordt uitgebracht in Juni
Since the days of the heroic Norse Sagas, Orkney has inspired the spirit of the storyteller. As, since 1798 has Highland Park with hais lovingly crafted mellowness
Forever I flush the winters of men with wassails of corn. From 'John Barleycorn' by George Brown
In a culture whose traditions have been shaped by long nights gathered round the flickering flames whisky and the embroidered tale go naturally hand in hand
None more so than Highland Park 25 Year Old whose deep golden draught will awaken the fire and the poetry in you
The Highland Park archive is home to many venerable bottles; one in particular, dating from around 1870, fits perfectly as an inspiration for celebrating the life the life of Saint Magnus. We worked with Stölzle Flaconnage, Highland Park's specialist glassware supplier, to ignore 150 years of technological advances in order to create a bottle complete with flaws and defects consistent with those of the original.
In 1870 the bottle would have been hand - gathered, mouth - blown into a woo- den mould and kept wet to prevent combustion. The raw materials would have been sand and limestone along with naturally occurring sodium sulphate. Con- taminants broadly determined the colour of the glass and little effort would have been made to control capacity or functionality so long as it did not break.
This bottle matches the original in almost all regards, other than that it is made in a factory, does'n leak and conforms to all applicable legislation. The modern moulds echo the flaws in the hand - made one from two centuries ago; advanced techniques were used to generate bubbles and colour consistency in the glass. The artisans of 1870 would have be most impressed with our efforts made in search of imperfection.
The image of saint magnus on the original label of the 1870 archive bottle was inspired by an ancient stained glass window. The impact of the label is shown to maximum effect by the development of a simple, open fronted, etched wooden box.
Highland Park Saint Magnus Edition Two forms part of a series of three. It is a perfectly - balanced, natural strength botling of hand - selected casks of 12 year old single malt; to appreciate it fully, take your time and add a little fresh distilled water - a couple of drops at a time. This will release the subtle aromas and reveal the complexity of a single malt that has been made wihin a mile of St. Magnus Cathedral since 1798.
Whisky has been made in the traditional manner at Highland Park for more than 210 years. Released in 2010 this bottling is a tribute to the skilled and dedicated craftsmen who built St. Magnus Cathedral.
Highland Park takes its name from the High Park area on the outskirts of Kirkwall Orkney, where in 1798 Magnus Eunson began distilling illegal whisky. A local smuggler, Magnus would hide this forbidden spirit under the pulpit of the church.
At Highland Park we insist on an uncompromising approach to whisky - making. We 'r one of only a handful of distilleries that slowly malts its bar- ley on the stone floor, physically turning it by hand for a more balanced flavor. Next, we smoke it over local aromatic peat, hand - cut from Hobbister Moor to bring a unique fragrant heather character to the whisky. Then it's placed into oak casks - not just your usual bourbon casks though sherry oak casks from Spain, that cost ten times as much, but bring a priceless natural colour and flavor to our whisky. Then comes the hardest part leaving it to quietly mature in the consistently cool Orcadian air.
And even when it's ready, we're not. We have chosen and combined our best casks from 1994, then we have left them to settle and harmonise, for just that little bit longer to deliver our complex whisky. The result is a delicious single malt with caramel and almond notes teasing sweetness with hints of cinnamon and aromatic peat flavours delivering a warming smokey finish. This special Vintage is the kinf of Dram you long for when you've worked as hard as us.
Enjoy the perfect glass of Highland Park:
First, hold your glass to the light to enjoy the dark Amber hue, then tilt and rotate it to see the beads of whisky appear on the inside of the glass. The smaller they are the higher the alcohol strength, and the slower they fall, the better the spirit quality. Next: add a drop of water and take three long sniffs. The first just gets your nose used to the alcohol, but in the se- cond , you'il discover caramel and almond sweetness, and in the third fruit - maybe ripening figs or cherries. Now taste the whisky by chewing it in your mouth for 4 or 5 seconds then swallow. The top of your tongue will start to tingle, and after a few seconds your mouth will go dry, leaving a warming smokey feeling and a flavor that keeps on going.
HIGHLAND PARK SAINT MAGNUS OF ORKNEY Saint Magnus is one of six canonized Norsemen born in the 11th and 12th centuries
when the Orkney Islands belonged to Norway. Among them were warriors and scholars:
Saint Magnus was in between these two extremes. He is decribed in Orkneyinga Saga as 'a man of extraordinary distinction, tall with a fine, intelligent look about him. He was a man of strict virtue, successful in war, wise, eloquent, generous and magnanimous, open - handed with money and sound with advice, and altogether the most populair of men'.
Born in 1075 and named Magnus Erlendsson, he demonstrated his saintly virtues at the age of 18. King Magnus Barelegs took him on an expedition to the Hebrides and beyond. Approaching Wales they encountered the fleet of Hugh the Stout and Hugh the proud, sons of the King of Ireland, in the Menai Strait; both parties pre- pared for battle with the exception of Saint Magnus who refused to fight as he had no quarrel with anyone there. He stated 'God will shield me' and although he did't take cover, he was't wounded having chanted psalms throughout the fighting.
Of course Saint magnus was not always so meek and mild; as a ruler of Orkney in troubled times it would have been impossible for him to survive, without occa- sional severity. However in comparison to his contemporaries, Sain Magnus was a man of peace, contemplation and scholarly learning; spiritual intensity is more a feature of Magnus' Saga than violence and cruelty. It is a life story of Christian devotion and forgiveness, qualities that are not usually associated with the Vikings, and includes the healing of the sick, crippled, blind and insane. Saint Magnus was murdered by his treacherous cousin Haakon and was canonized only 20 years later.
The influence of Saint Magnus spread far and wide; more than 20 churches have been dedicated to him and he was the inspiration for the novel Magnus by George Mackay Brown and, in turn The Martyrdom of St. Magnus by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The forname became populair in Orkney, notably in the case of Magnus Eunson, a man forever associated with the founding of Highland Park distillery in 1798.
Our Five Keystones of Production:
Hand turned malt Aromatic peat Coll maturation Sherry oak casks Cask harmoninsation
Highland Park launches Dark Origins July, 2014
Highland Park has launched a core expression inspired by founder and distiller Magnus Eunson. Dark Origins, a non-chill filtered single malt with 46.8% abv, will be available in Harrods from in 1- 14 July and launched internationally throughout autumn.
Highland Park uses twice as many first fill sherry casks in Dark Origins than the classic Highland Park 12 year old, resulting in "a naturally darker, richer flavour with sherried spice, a chocolate twist and the signature sweet smoke." At an rrp of £64.95, Dark Origins will be available from specialist whisky retailers at the Highland Park distillery following the UK launch at Harrods this month. Gerry Tosh, global marketing manager, said: "Cask management is so crucial to our work at Highland Park. We have strived to raise the bar, working tirelessly in sourcing the right wood and then working and finessing the balances to ensure we create single malt that is rich, warm and enticing in flavour.
"Dark Origins sits in the heart of our core range complimenting them perfectly-distinct in itself, but always and forever a classic Highland Park."
HIGHLAND PARK have completed their Valhalla collection of bottlings with the release of Odin, named in honour of the Allfather of Norse mythology. The four whiskies, wrought in the names of the denizens of Valhalla, have been created in celebration of the Orkney distillery's Norse heritage. Odin will now join Loki, Thor and Freya on the shelves of those Highland Park fans lucky enough to be able to attain the collection. Odin, designed to encapsulate the wisdom and power of the Allfather of the Norse gods, combines the potency of a cask-strength whisky - bottled at 55.8 per cent abv - with the balance of age - Odin is aged for 16 years- and is created from a combination of Spanish oak sherry casks and re-fill hogsheads. Odin was a god that dedicated his time to the pursuit of knowledge. Indeed in one of the legends surrounding him, he gives one of his eyes to drink from the fountain on knowledge. A relentless seeker and giver of wisdom, the need to impart the gift of the knowledge and experience of a great dram is clear in this most interesting of whiskies. Gerry Tosh, Global Marketing Manager for Highland Park, says: "Odin, like its namesake, is an intense, powerful and complex whisky. Bottled at 55.8 per cent ABV, it certainly lives up to the legend, a bold single malt higher in strength than Thor, Loki and Freya. In Odin, we have been able to add the final flourish to the Valhalla Collection, a stunning series of remarkable whiskies that offer affordability and exclusive collectability." "Now that Odin has joined the ranks of the other gods in the Valhalla Collection, the first chapter in this series is complete. However, the Norse legends of old may still offer us future intrigues." With only 17,000 bottles released globally, this limited edition whisky comes housed in the same distinctive award winning wooden frame of Thor, Loki and Freya echoing the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking long ship. The bottle itself reflects Odin's character - dark and imperfect and slightly battle worn.
Our tasting notes: A wonderfully intense whisky, very much in the vein of Highland Park's previous bottlings, with a swirling battle of the elements; salt (the sea), peat (the earth) and smoke (fire) all battling for supremacy but it's the wonderfully light notes of fruit - lemon zest and plums - and honey in the finish that will leave the drinker wanting more. Nose: In the bottle, it's all brine with wisps of subtle smoke but once poured the previously hinted at notes of fruit and honey really shine through. Palate: Warm and spicy, hints of cinnamon and charred fruit. Finish: Long and honeyed, drawing out the fruit to be replaced with brine and subtle smoke. One for fans of whiskies with big flavours, a great all rounder and at 55.8 per cent abv you might want to be careful as it's far too easy to drink.
Highland Park gets its name from High park, the elevated area on which the distillery sits.
A WHOLE NEW HIGHLAND PARK EXPERIENCE
Highland Park has been part of the Orkney community since our founder, Magnus Eunson, set up his illicit whisky-making enterprise in a little stone bothy at High Park in 1798. 221 years later, we’ll be joining the retail community in the heart of Kirkwall when we open our brand new visitor experience shop in Albert Street, in May.
Our new shop is on the former site of Gorns, a family-owned menswear store that was in business for over 100 years. This additional space will provide a fantastic extension to our award-winning distillery visitor experience and allow us to welcome even more of the visitors who flock to Orkney each year.
As well as a retail space for merchandise and an extensive range of Highland Park whiskies – some of which will be exclusive to the shop and distillery – our new shop will include a private room where we’ll be running training programmes for local bars, restaurants and hotels as well as a gallery featuring a changing exhibition of work by local artists. In keeping with our ambition to support sustainability on Orkney, we’re also developing a new range of merchandise created from reusable materials and we’ve placed a total ban on plastic bags!
We’re delighted that our new venture will help us support our local community too. We’ve seven new members of staff joining us ahead of the opening day and are looking forward to welcoming them to our friendly tribe!
Peat is made up from semi-decomposed vegetation laid down over thousands of years. That vegetation differs across Scotland depending on climatic condition all these millennia ago. When the peat is dried and then burned, the phenols (smoky aromas) released will have different aromas generated by this vegetation. Mainland peat is smokier because of there being more lignin from trees; Islay’s peat appears to have more marine vegetation and contains more creosol (picked up as tar); while Orcadian peat is composed entirely of sphagnum moss and heather. The result, once again, is a different aromatic spectrum, lightly smoky, but significantly more fragrant… heathery even.
The peat is burned in the distillery’s own kiln and the resulting heavily smoky malt makes up 20% of the barley used for each mash. The remainder, unpeated, comes from the mainland.
The other signature of Highland Park comes later in the process with maturation. The regime has been 100% Sherry casks since 2004, with a mix of European and American oak (as well as refill) being used. These add a layer of richness to the lightly smoky, fragrant and fruity character.
BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
The origins of distilleries are often, as they should be, obscured by the clouds of half-truth and myth. Such is the case with Highland Park. Was it founded by famed priest turned smuggler Magnus Eunson, or by farmer David Robertson in 1798? The distillery’s ornate wrought ironwork gate certainly attests to the 1798 story.
Was it always called Highland Park or originally was it known as Rosebank, then Kirkwall and only becoming Highland Park later?
Whatever the slight mystery over its origins, it is accepted that it wasn’t until the late 19th century that Kirkwall’s then only distillery found its feet properly in the 1870s under the ownership of first William Stuart [who owned Miltonduff] and from 1885 with his business partner James Grant (previously the manager of The Glenlivet) who took full control in 1895. It was Grant who expanded the distillery twice and built up a strong relationship with Robertson & Baxter (R&B).
Highland Distillers (who had shares in R&B) took full control in 1937 and Highland Park is now part of the Edrington Group.
It first appeared as single malt in the late 1970s, as an 8-year-old, but the packaging was revamped in the 1980s (and repeatedly ever since) when the 12- and 18-year-old expressions were introduced. It soon built up a strong, even cult, following with the range expanding continually. As well as a core range with age statements, various series have been released themed around Orcadian history and Norse gods.
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28,000 butt equivalent capacity
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The Edrington Group
1999 - present
1937 - 1999
1895 - 1937
Stuart & Grant
1878 - 1895
Stuart & Mackay
1869 - 1878
The Borwick Family
1826 - 1869
1825 - 1826
HIGHLAND PARK HONOURS DANISH PHOTOGRAPHER
Highland Park has released Søren Solkær: 26 Years of Photography, a limited edition single malt created to celebrate the distillery’s collaboration with the eponymous Danish photographer.
The 26-year-old is presented with a book of Solkær's whisky photography
Solkær, who has previously taken portraits of musicians and artists such as Dave Grohl, David Lynch, the White Stripes and the Arctic Monkeys, has been collaborating with Highland Park for the past three years in an attempt to capture the brand’s ‘viking soul’.
The whisky has been matured in both ex-Sherry American oak casks and first-fill ex-Bourbon casks for 26 years (to reflect Solkær’s 26-year career), and bottled at 40.5% abv.
Said to possess ‘a spicy nose with rich heathery peat smoke’, the whisky, priced at £499, is available globally.
Hold Still: Søren Solkær’s photography captures the distillery, the island and its inhabitants
Jason Craig, global brand director at Highland Park, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Søren on this very special project – he truly embodies a modern day viking soul through how he gets the best out of all his subject matters.
‘Whilst he is best known for his distinctive images of musicians and movie stars, he has worked with us to develop a collection of over 250 images capturing our people at the distillery, our location in Orkney and of course, our whisky.’
The whisky is packaged with a 230-page book featuring a selection of Solkær’s images of Highland Park and the island of Orkney.
The partnership between Solkær and Highland Park is the latest in a series of collaborations between the distillery and individuals it deems to possess ‘viking soul’, such as tattoo artist Colin Dale for Highland Park Twisted Tattoo and former F1 driver David Coulthard for the brand’s Saltire Edition expressions.
We’re excited to announce the launch of VALFATHER, the final whisky in a series of three special edition Viking Legend releases, inspired by the rich Viking heritage of our Orkney island home.
VALFATHER, named after Odin, the mightiest of the Norse gods, is the most peated whisky we have released to date. Matured entirely in refill casks, it delivers beautifully balanced layers of flavour and a character as complex as Odin himself. VALFATHER is bottled at 47% and will retail at a UK RRP of £60.
Following VALKYRIE, released in 2017, and VALKNUT, released in 2018, VALFATHER concludes our exciting trilogy which explores the journey to Ragnarök, the battle at the end of the world. Follow the links below to find out more about the whisky and the inspiration behind its packaging design.
A WHISKY INSPIRED BY ODIN
VALFATHER is the most peated whisky we have released to date. Expertly created by Gordon Motion, our master whisky maker, its intense and complex character reflects the powerful influence of the great Norse god, Odin.
For each of the three Viking Legend releases – VALKYRIE, VALKNUT and VALFATHER, Gordon introduced higher quantities of our local peated malt than usual, which delivers a richer, smokier character.
Gordon matured VALKYRIE, the first in the series, predominantly in sherry seasoned European oak casks to reveal fresh citrus fruit and oriental spices while VALKNUT was matured in sherry seasoned American oak casks to deliver sweeter notes of vanilla and aniseed.
Matured entirely in our finest refill casks, VALFATHER delivers an intriguingly spicy and smoky flavour profile. Its naturally bright gold hues could be said to mirror the ceilings of Valhalla’s great hall – lined, according to legend, with golden shields. Aromas of crisp apple and sweet pear are followed by the sweet flavours of vanilla-laden crème brûlée with toasted cedar wood and warming paprika in the background to provide a distinctly smoky edge. VALFATHER finishes with a tantalisingly long breath of aromatic smoke, perfectly offset by notes of fresh fruit.
Bottled at 47% VALFATHER will retail at a UK RRP of £60.
THE CREATIVITY OF A MODERN-DAY VIKING
VALFATHER completes our Viking Legend series – an exciting and highly collectible trilogy that celebrates our rich Viking heritage through one of the best-known stories from Norse mythology.
Throughout the series, we’ve worked with Danish designer, Jim Lyngvild, to bring the story vividly to life. Of Nordic descent, Jim can trace his bloodline back through thirty-six generations to the 8th century and to Ragnvald Eysteinsson, the first Earl of the Orkney Islands. Often described as ‘the golden Viking’, such is the importance Jim places on his heritage that he lives as a Viking for two months of the year, in a castle he designed himself in the Danish village of Faaborg.
A writer and designer of international renown, Jim is happiest collaborating with people from different disciplines and working on projects that offer a rich and varied history. He’s most inspired when there’s a story attached to the project that allows him to combine ancient knowledge with modern know-how, as exemplified in his powerful illustrative work for VALKYRIE, VALKNUT and now, VALFATHER.
Norse legend tells us that Odin took on many guises to impose power and gain knowledge and as ‘Valfather’ or ‘the father of the slain’ he presided over Valhalla. Here, the bravest of the fallen Viking warriors – those marked out by the symbol of the Valknut and spirited away by the Valkyries – joined forces under Odin’s command to prepare for Ragnarök, the battle at the end of the world. Jim’s inspiration for his design for VALFATHER comes from an ancient Nordic source, the first of the four Stora Hammars stones in Gotland, Sweden.
HIGHLAND PARK VALFATHER IS ‘PEATIEST’ WHISKY
Highland Park is closing its Viking Legend series of limited edition whiskies with Valfather, said to be the distillery’s peatiest whisky to date.
Peatiest whisky: Highland Park Valfather is made using heavily-peated malted barley
Highland Park Valfather is a no-age-statement single malt matured in refill casks, and bottled at 47% abv.
Named for Odin, widely regarded as the most powerful of the Norse gods, Valfather is said to have aromas of ‘crisp apple with sweet fragrant pear’ and notes of ‘creamy vanilla crème brûlée with toasted cedar wood and warming paprika’.
Valfather is the third and final expression in the Orkney distillery’s Viking Legend series, inspired by Ragnarök, the mythological series of events that led to the death of many Norse figures.
The series was launched in 2017 in collaboration with Danish designer Jim Lyndvold with the release of Valkyrie, and continued with Valknut earlier this year.
Gordon Motion, master whisky maker at Highland Park, said: ‘Valfather and the whiskies in the Viking Legend series uses more of our heavily peated malt, making the series more like cousins, rather than a brother or sister to the core range.
‘Overall, this whisky is the richest and smokiest in taste profile compared to the rest of the series and our classic whiskies.’
Highland Park Valfather is available globally for around £60 a bottle