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Highland Park Intro



The Orkney single malt with Viking soul

The people of Highland Park craft whisky with a pride, integrity and fierce independence, passed down from Viking ancestors who settled on Orkney over 1000 years ago.

This approach accounts for the appeal of Highland Park, which is respected by whisky lovers as one of the greatest single malts in the world. This appreciation is based on an unbroken tradition of whisky-making stretching back at Highland Park to 1798.


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Highland Park facts

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Highland Park was inherited by James Borwick in 1869, but as a minister of the church, he felt it inappropriate to own a distillery.

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The Highland Park 40 year old, the distillery's oldest permanent expression, was released in April 2008 and was awarded ‘Best New Release’ at the World Whiskies Awards in that year.

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The inaugural two expressions of the Orcadian Vintage Series – the 1964 and 1968 – were released to great critical acclaim. 2009 also saw the launch of Earl Magnus, the first in a series of three limited editions inspired by the Orkney Inga Sagas. Followed by St Magnus and the oldest expression, Earl Haakon, the trilogy of releases received widespread acclaim, including victory at the 2010 World Whisky Awards. The 18 year old awarded ‘Best Spirit in the World’ for the 2nd time by F. Paul Pacult.

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Despite being available as an independently bottled 8 year old, there was no ‘official’ distillery release so in 1979, Highland Park 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky was first launched as a proprietary brand.


The Highland Park distillery is founded in 1798 by Magnus Eunson but is only officially named so in 1818.


Man drinking Highland Park Whisky

In 1876 the distillery is purchased by partnership Stuart & Mackay. The heyday of Scotch whisky arrives and Highland Park develops its first class status as an essential ingredient to many popular blended whiskies, including Chivas, Ballantine’s and Haig.


In 1937 the distillery becomes part of the Highland Distillers Group, later reborn as Edrington.


Highland Park 18

In 2005, Highland Park 18 years old was awarded ‘Best Spirit in the World’ by Spirit Journal editor F. Paul Pacult.


Highland Park 50

For many, 2010 will be a landmark year in the history of Highland Park as the distillery’s oldest ever whisky was released. The Highland Park 50 year old redefined what could be achieved with liquid, glass and sterling silver, the intricately beautiful design providing a fitting setting for a precious single malt.


In 2012, after the hugely well-received Magnus Series, comes a continuation of Orkney’s Scandinavian roots with the first expression from The Valhalla Collection. Highland Park Thor pays homage to the ubiquitous Norse god, exuding power and rich character, alongside a more gentle side.

Visitor Centre

The Highland Park team offers a Connoisseur tour, for the enthusiasts, which includes an in-depth tour of the distillery and a taste of 12, 15, 18 and 25 year old expressions of Highland Park. The cost of this tour is £35.00.

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