Claiming the title of Scotland’s most northern whisky distillery, the Highland Park Distillery sits on the small island of Orkney and was founded in 1798 by Magnus Eunson. Sat on the side of a hill, the coastal air and nearby barley fields add to the unique flavours of their whisky. A well known church usher by day and smuggler by night, Eunson based his illegal activities on High Park near Kirkwall, the location the distillery is now located.
There are not many places in the world that are more remote than the Orkney Islands. These rugged, wild and windswept isles were once home to Viking settlers, a timeline that has forged the fiercely independent and proud culture of the Orcadian people.
This culture, of course, includes a heritage of producing fine single malt whisky - from Scotland’s northernmost distillery no less. Founded in 1798 by Magnus Eunson, the crisp coastal air and locally produced barley and heather peat give Highland Park whisky the signature smokey and fragrant character it’s become so popular for.
A list of awards has followed as a result of this winning flavour profile, including being named ‘Best Spirit in the World’ by US whisky expert Paul Pacult. With other 200 years of honoured tradition, this wonderfully rich and layered whisky is definitely one that deserves your attention.