Highland Park Single Malt

Highland Park Single Malt

Infobox Scottish Distillery
Name = Highland Park
Type = Highland

Image size = 250
Caption = Highland Park Distillery
Location = Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Owner = Edrington Group
Founded = 1798
Status = Operational
Source =
Mothballed =
Stills = 2 wash
2 spirit
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Brand 1 = Highland Park
Type 1 =
Age 1 = 12-year-old
Cask 1 = Bourbon
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Type 2 =
Age 2 =
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Highland Park Single Malt is a Scotch whisky distilled by Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, the northernmost distillery in Scotland, a half mile north from that of Scapa.

Production and character

The distillery was founded in 1798. The name of this whisky does not refer to the area of Scotland known as The Highlands, from which the Orkney Islands are excluded, but rather to the fact that the distillery was founded on an area distinguished from a lower area nearby.

Highland Park is one of the few distilleries to malt its own barley, using locally cut peat from Hobbister Moor. The peat is then mixed with heather before being used as fuel. The malt is peated to a level of 20 parts per million phenol, and then mixed with unpeated malt produced on the Scottish mainland.

In 1984, Highland Park was the only whisky ever to have scored a rating of 100% by the regular tasting team of "The Scotsman", a national newspaper of Scotland. Whisky reviewer and expert Michael Jackson has called it "The greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky."(cite book |last= Jackson |first= Michael |title= Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion |publisher= Dorling Kindersley Limited |year= 1989 |isbn= 1-4053-0234-8 )

Highland Park is available in various proprietary bottlings by year, as well as a special bottling known as Cappella, available only at the distillery. In addition, several independent bottlings of Highland Park are produced. Highland Park is also one of the ingredients of the Famous Grouse blend.

ee also

*Highland Distillers, the company that produces The Macallan
*Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons, owners of Highland Distillers
*List of distilleries in Scotland
* Whisky
* Scotch whisky
* List of whisky brands


*cite book |last= Jackson |first= Michael |title= "Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch", 5th edition |publisher= Running Press |year= 2004 |id= ISBN 0-7624-1313-1 | pages=309-311
*cite book | author=Lerner, Daniel | title="Single Malt & Scotch Whisky" | publisher=Könemann | year=1998 | id=ISBN 3-8290-0418-4 | pages=122-123

External links

* [http://www.highlandpark.co.uk/ Official website]
* [http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/kirkwall/highlandpark/index.html Undiscovered Scotland: Highland Park Distillery]
* [http://drwhisky.blogspot.com/search/label/highland%20park Dr. Whisky] on Highland Park

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