10 miles from the northernmost reaches of the scottish mainland lie the scattering of 70 or so islands which make up Orkney. They were settled by Vikings over 1,000 years ago. To this day, only 20 are inhabited.
Here the conditions are ruthless. Elemental. Tough for making a living, but perfect for making whisky. The beautiful yet isolated cluster of islands is pounded relentlessly by winds that frequently reach speeds of over 100mph in the winter. No tree can survive such an onslaught. It means that their moorland peat is woodless but rich in fragrant heather, which produces the unique aromatic smokiness of our whisky. In Orkney, unrelenting winds make for unbelievable whiskies.
For over 220 years, they have smoked our barley over 4,000-year-old peat, hand-cut from hobbister moor, just 7 miles from our distillery. No other distillery in the world uses peat like their. Their dense, heather-rich peat burns slowly, and with an astonishing intensity, to create a complex floral aroma in our kilns – the origins of the intensely balanced, smoky sweetness found only in highland park.
Region: Highlands, Scotland