Only 216 bottles of this single malt scotch, which was aged for 25 years, were ever produced.
Situated in the Orkney archipelago in Northern Scotland, Highland Park Distillery was founded in 1798 by Magnus Eunson. The name of the distillery is derived not from the region of Scotland known as The Highlands — the Orkney islands are not a part of The Highlands — but rather from the region known as High Park, where the distillery was founded.
Today, over two centuries after its founding, Highland Park Distillery remains one of the few Scottish distilleries that continues to hand-turn, malt, and peat its own barley. "You have to be careful here on the malting floor," says Eric Tait, Highland Park's maltman. "You find it can get a wee bit slippery underneath. I have to turn the malt every eight hours to prevent the roots getting tangled and to get it all aerated properly. The airing also helps it to grow. The malt will be on the floor for seven days and I'm running five floors at the moment."
After malting the barley, Highland Park Distillery smokes it using peat sourced from Hobbister Moor, a peat bog located approximately seven miles from the distillery. Hobbister Moor peat is sourced from floral heather bushes, which burn hotter and cleaner than the grassy peats of Islay. In addition, the peat sourced from Hobbister Moor has greater derivatives of carbohydrates and a lower concentration of lignin than peat from Islay, giving Highland Park's peat a unique chemical fingerprint. The peat sourced from Hobbister Moor is "absolutely fundamental"in understanding the flavor of Highland Park Whisky, says Russell Anderson, the distillery manager. Together with Orkney's unique environment (the temperate, moist climate of the archipelago results in an even maturation process), the peat gives Highland Park Whisky its traditional malty, coastal flavors tempered by just a subtle touch of smoke. Once the barley has been peated it is fermented and distilled twice through Highland Park's copper-pot stills.
Highland Park 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Signatory Bottling) was distilled on June 16, 1988. The whisky was matured for 25 years in a cask previously used to mature bourbon (Cask 749) before being bottled at cask strength on May 12, 2014.
The whisky has a dark gold color, along with an aroma of straw, fresh hay, citrus and whipped cream. Hints of dried fruits, berries and orange zest dominate the palate, and lead to a finish accented by touches of milk chocolate, cloves and black pepper.
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101.4 (50.7% ABV)
Highland Park Distillery
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Dark gold color. Aroma of straw, fresh hay, citrus and whipped cream. Hints of dried fruits, berries and orange zest dominate the palate. Finish accented by touches of milk chocolate, cloves and black pepper.