Highland Park 12YO Viking Honour
- Single Malt
- Scotland, 700ml
Glowing amber in colour. On the palate, Heather honey, rich fruitcake, winter spices, Seville oranges and aromatic smoky peat.
- Distillery: Highland Park
- Type: Scotch single malt whisky
- Region: Orkney Island, Scotland
- Alcohol: 40%
- Volume: 700ml
- Goes with: Neat or over ice; chocolate ginger biscuits, soft cheeses such as French Brie
"Yes, Orkney is part of Scotland now, but rewind the tape a few centuries and you’re looking at a vast Viking kingdom. The benefit of history is that we have chosen which Viking values to continue: their pride, honour and fierce independence. Every drop of our whisky is a tribute to our ancestors - especially our 12 Year Old." Predominantly aged in sherry seasoned European and American oak casks, our 12 Year Old boasts warm wintery spices that are engulfed in waves of smoky honey, fruitcake and heather."
Highland Park is Scotland’s northernmost whisky distillery, lying just to the North-east of fellow Orcadian, Scapa. Orkney is a rugged, beautiful island and the Highland Park distillery sits on a hillside near Kirkwall. Not far off, are sweeping plains of barley field and the rocky outcrops which protrude ominously from the ground. The sea beats the coast; her salty air and the island’s geology contribute to the rich character of Highland Park single malts. The distillery draws its water from the mineral rich springs to the east of the distillery as well as the Crantit Spring.
Highland Park was founded in 1798, by David Robertson on what was once the site of Magnus Eunson's cottage. Eunson was not only a beadle at the local church but also a notorious smuggler. Highland Park was officially licensed in 1826. After James Borwick inherited the distillery in 1869, the production at Highland Park was slowed; James was a priest and believed that whisky production contradicted with his religious status. Accordingly, in 1876 Stuart and Mackay moved in and dramatically helped sales through overseas exportation.
In 1895, James Grant of Glenlivet fame acquired the Highland Park distillery. Three years later he installed further stills, bringing the total to four. One of the few Scotch whisky distilleries to operate onsite floor maltings, Highland Park’s weekly malted barley production of 35 tonnes supplies twenty percent of its own malt requirements, the remainder is shipped in from Simpson’s and Edrington’s maltings respectively. £18 million was spent relaunching the brand; the range was repackaged and remarketed and the buildings were extensively renovated. Highland Park’s future is bright having recently overtaken Islay giant Lagavulin in terms of sales.
- Gold - 2020 International Spirits Challenge
- Gold - 2020 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) - Highlands & Islands under 12YO
- Gold - 2019 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) - Highlands & Islands under 12YO
- Tried & True Award & 96 points - 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge
- Silver - 2019 International Spirits Challenge - Distillers' Single Malts 12YO & under
- Silver - 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- Gold - 2018 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) - Highlands & Islands under 12YO
- Silver - 2018 The Asian Spirits Masters (The Spirits Business) - Scotch Whisky - Single Malt - Age Statement
- Silver - 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt - Island
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