This extraordinary 18-year-old VIKING PRIDE received 97/100 - Finalist & Tried & True Award, at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and was named “The Best Spirit in the World,” by the F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal 2005, 2009 and 2016.
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. Highland Park is an incredible longstanding whisky house, and they pride themselves on their rich Norse heritage, an essence which is reflected in their craft.
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.
A master class of balance, complexity, and refinement, you don’t have to dig deeply into the Scotch industry to discover this Highland Park 18 Year Old is oft considered one of its very finest. In this timeless expression, lingering layers of sweet, honeyed malt elegantly engage with dried fruit, marzipan, and golden syrup. And of course, the 18 Year Old is graced brilliantly with Highland Park’s signature floral smoke, born from rare Orcadian peat. With each dram, it becomes clearer: this is one of the greatest whiskies in the world today. This 18-year-old VIKING PRIDE received 97/100 - Finalist & Tried & True Award, at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and was named “The Best Spirit in the World,” by the F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal 2005, 2009 and 2016.
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86 (43% ABV)
Highland Park Distillery
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Clear, bright, burnished gold tones. Signature floral smoke, born from rare Orcadian peat onto nose. Flavors of cherries, dark chocolate, toffee, marzipan, heather honey, and peat smoke on the palate.