Highland Park 15 Year Old 2016 Edition
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islands
  • Distillery Highland Park
  • Age 15 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • caramel
  • manuka honey
  • spicy
  • sweet
  • sweet sherry
  • floral
  • peaty
  • phenols

Highland Park

15 Year Old 2016 Edition (0.75l, 43%)
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Highland Park traces its ancestry to Old Norse víkingar. Highland Park crafts their Whisky with the same independent ferocity, passed down from the fierce Norse seafarers who settled on Orkney over 1,000 years ago.

Highland Park was founded in 1798, as a Scotch Whisky distillery in Kirkwall Orkney. Highland Park is a half mile further north than Scapa distillery, making it the northernmost distillery in Scotland. Highland Park is not to be confused with the Scottish Highlands, in this case 'Highland' refers to the fact that the distillery was founded in an area called 'High Park' to create a distinction from a ‘lower Park’ area close by.

The distillery uses local barley and peat from the nearby Hobbister Moor. The malt is peated to 20 parts per million phenol, and then mixed with unpeated malt produced on the Scottish mainland. Highland Park is made today, just as it was in 1798, using what they call their “five keystones of production”: aromatic peat, hand turned floor maltings, Sherry oak casks, cool maturation, and cask harmonization.

They also are one of the few distilleries left to meticulously turn their malt by hand. Their barrels undergo a painstaking process too. After being cut from European and American oak, and crafted into staves at precisely 45°, (apparently this method was used by the Vikings to make their longships watertight) the staves are shipped to Jerez, where they’re made into casks, filled with Oloroso Sherry and left to mature for about two years. These casks are sent back to Orkney to be refilled with Whisky. Giving about 80% of Highland Park Whisky’s distinct flavors, and natural colorings. This special single malt is matured for 15 years. Bottled at 43% ABV.


Smartass Corner: The actions of legendary víkingar Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons are recounted in the Orkney Islands poem called Háttalykill.

  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islands
  • Distillery Highland Park
  • Age 15 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
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Nose / Aroma
Floral aromas, notes of toffee, peppery spice, and lightly smoky peat

Taste / Flavor / Palate
A round entry leads to a dryish full-bodied palate, with heather, iodine, toffee, and spice flavors

Finish
Long, with fading notes of peat and toffee

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  • smoky
  • caramel
  • manuka honey
  • spicy
  • sweet
  • sweet sherry
  • floral
  • peaty
  • phenols
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Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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