Matured in sherry casks for a minimum of twenty five years, this whisky was the first ever to receive a perfect score at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2013 and was named Best Spirit in the World by F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal in the same year.
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.
After Highland Park Single Malt Whisky is distilled, it is matured in sherry casks for a minimum of twenty-five years. As a result, it has a red and golden hue, along with an aroma of mature oak, fudge and chocolate. The whisky has initial notes of honey and nutty toffee, which lead to a rich and supple finish.
Highland Park 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky became the first ever spirit to receive 100 points — a perfect score — from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in March 2013 and was named Best Spirit in the World by F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal in the same year. Definitely the accolades which couldn't go unnoticed and set this fine dram among legends forever.
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~91.4 (45.7% ABV), may vary slightly
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A red and golden hue, with an aroma of mature oak, fudge and chocolate. The whisky has initial notes of honey and nutty toffee, which lead to a rich and supple finish.