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Highland Park

Claiming the title of Scotland’s most northern whisky distillery, the Highland Park Distillery sits on the small island of Orkney and was founded in 1798 by Magnus Eunson. Sat on the side of a hill, the coastal air and nearby barley fields add to the unique flavours of their whisky. A well known church usher by day and smuggler by night, Eunson based his illegal activities on High Park near Kirkwall, the location the distillery is now located.

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His illegal activities eventually caught up with him, and he sold his High Park estate, including the distillery, in 1813 to a syndicate which ironically included his arresting officer. The distillery continued to run without a license until 1826, when Robert Borwick assumed control and built what is the humble beginnings of today’s distillery. James Grant, of the Glen Grant Distillery, purchased it from Borwick’s son James, a priest, in the later 1890’s and doubled the number of stills from 2 to 4 just 3 years later. In 1937 the Highland Park Distillery became part of the Highland Distillers group, who would then go on to be purchased by the Edrington Group. The latter of which still own it today and in the the early 2000’s set about a multi-million upgrade to both the distillery and the brand itself, which had lost ground on local island rival Lagavulin.