Highland Park is located in Kirkwall, the capitol of Orkney Islands, and is the northernmost distillery in Scotland. Highland Park is equipped with two pairs of stills with distilling capacity over 2.5 million liters of spirit per annum. The distillery does malting on site (own malt covers 30% of the requirement) using young local peat. Since there are barely any trees on Orkney local peat adds sweet, heathery flavor to whisky. In 1979 the distillery owners made considerable investment in marketing the Highland brand with emphasize on 12 years old expression. Here we have an extremely rare bottling form the late 1970s/early 1980s, when single malt category virtually didn’t exist. The bottle was destined for the Italian market.
Nose: rich, heather, honey, apricots, oranges, damson jam, butter croissants, milk chocolate, touch of wax and fading hint of peat smoke.
Palate: complex, bitter orange marmalade, prunes, burnt toast, caramel, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cloves and trace of roasted chestnuts.
Finish: very long, with notes of heather, caramel, oranges, dash of baking spice and distant hint of peat smoke.