Highland Park - 12 Year Old - Orkney Malt Whisky 70cl Bottle


Highland Park - 12 Year Old
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Located on the Orkney Islands, one of the northern most parts of Scotland, is the Highland Park distillery. Founded on this remote and windswept island in 1798, the distillery has, for more than two centuries produced a full flavoured, single malt scottish whisky.

Made from the best Barley malted over peat fires; merged with the unique spring waters of the island; and aged in casks for twelve long years that shape its rare and very distinctive character.

In 1888, James Grant, whose father was the manager of the Glenvilet distillery, became managing partner, and later owner of Highland Park.

Its product retains much that is traditional, even original. It has its own floor maltings and peat beds (the peat is cut shallow to impart a light 'rooty' character) and two traditional peat-fired kilns. During malting a little heather is burned.

The Highland Distillery has more than an affinity with the West Highlands in its flavour than with the palish, fragrant, fresh flavoured North Highland groups of malt.

Highland Park is a medium bodied whisky with a heathery aroma.

Category(s):     Single Malt Whisky ,   Spirit Gifts
Group(s):     ,   12 Year Old Scottish Malt Whisky
Producer: Highland Park
ABV:   40%
Age:   12 Year Old
Brand:   Highland Park
Country of Origin:   Scotland
Distillery:   Highland Park
Region:   Island


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Date of Review: Wed, 16 Feb 2011
Review: A fantastic all rounder, not as light as a lowland , not as fierce as a highland and less smoky/salty/seaweedy than an Islay. You may leave it for a while but it is great to come back to. About as whiskeyish as you can get, peaty, heathery, honeyed. Absolutely perfect as an introduction to single malts.

Date of Review: Mon, 05 Jun 2006
Review: How good is the Highland Park 12yo?
If there are I haven't tasted them yet, either that or my pallet isn't cultured enough to discern any different.
I have tasted different whiskies, and I have tasted whiskies arguably as good, but I have not tasted a better whisky, at any price, and at any age, even the Highland Park 25yo isn't as enjoyable.
As single malts became fashionable, the age of whiskies is being used as a marketing tool, when you get to this level older does not mean better, it introduces flavours and scents, that only the most hardened single malt veterans would appreciate, the sweetness goes, and you begin to really taste the wood.
Highland park 12yo is so well-rounded, its slightly smokey but not too peaty, honey sweet and full-bodied but not overbearing, the finish is long and delicious, with hints of heather.
Why is it so good? who knows, maybe is the journey the barley has to take from the mainland out to Orkney, maybe its the resting period the barley has to go through after the journey, Maybe its the unique properties of the Orkney peat, Maybe its constantly harsh Orkney climate, or the floor malting process, the 1st fill sherry casts, or maybe the Cattie Maggie spring water, Its probably all of those things and more.
All I know is, I know of no more enjoyable a whisky, if it was twice the price it would still be worth it.

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Built in 1798, Scotland's most Northern distillery is set on the site where the infamous illicit distiller, Magnus Eunson's bothy used to stand. Magnus, a minister, was informed his church was to be searched by the excise men. He ordered the casks to be taken to his house whereupon they were disguised as a coffin. When the excise men burst in they found the
family kneeling in prayer beside the 'coffin' - the mere mention of smallpox was enough to stop the men enquiring any further.
Highland Park continues to malt its own barley using the traditional floor malting method and to kiln dry the 'green' malt using peat cut from its own moorlands. One of the few distilleries where you can still see and smell smoke wafting from its pagoda-style chimneys.
Cattie Maggie is the underground spring that feeds a former quarry close to Highland Park. The spring and quarry are named after a tinker who lived in the vicinity. The water is pure and very hard, rising through a sedimentary rock of hard sandstone known as Walliwall.

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