Region: Highland Park is the northernmost distillery in the world, located on the Orkney Islands off the northeastern coast of Scotland, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea. The Orkneys consist of 70 islands, 20 of which are populated, and have been inhabited for about 8,500 years. Residents, called Orcadians, have been under Scottish rule for 600 years, but they still have their own flag.
Varietals: 100% barley.
Northern most distillery in the world. Founded by a Viking bootlegger; Magnus Eunson.
Tasting : Because of the harsh climate this far north, the Orkneys’ windswept landscapes are treeless. Distillers say this terrain plays into Highland Park’s distinctively smoky, floral flavors, rich with the scent of local heather flower.
Production: Master whisky maker Gordon Motion (real name) ages his single-malt whisky in European and American sherry oak casks.