Highland Park Magnus Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Founding the northernmost Scotch whisky distillery in the world takes a very distinct sort of spirit. And Highland Park has captured the essence of that spirit.

MAGNUS celebrates Highland Park’s founder, Magnus Eunson, a butcher and church officer by day, and bootlegger by night who set the distillery on its path to becoming ‘The Best Spirit in the World.'
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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. Also, 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 flavors that are tempered by just a subtle touch of smoke.

The newest addition to the range, MAGNUS is the perfect tribute to the distilery's founder, Magnus Eunson, a butcher and church officer by day, and a bootlegger by night who set Highland Park on its path to becoming ‘The Best Spirit in the World’. MAGNUS is crafted using carefully chosen American sherry oak casks casks to deliver the lightly peated characteristics of Highland Park but with a more profound vanilla flavor profile. It was awarded a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Proof 80 (40% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Highland Park Distillery
Size 750mL
Aromatic peat smoke, with notes of lemon, vanilla, plume, and toasted cereal grain. On the palate, vanilla, citrus and chocolate lead to a smooth and gently smoky finish.
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