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Highland Park 18 Year Old Earl Haakon

Highland Park 18 Year Old Earl Haakon
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Winning bid: £280.00
Lot number: 080-0105

Highland Park remains the most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland, although not by much, as it is little more than a stone's throw from fellow Orcadian, Scapa. Accounts of the distillery's genesis vary, and the truth is probably lost to the mists of time, but it is thought that a local farmer named David Robertson founded what we now know as Highland Park distillery in 1798, on the site of an illicit still operated by nefarious smuggler (and former priest) Magnus Eunson.

Since its introduction as a single malt in the late 1970s, the distillery has been awarded many plaudits, not least of which came from the late, great whisky writer Michael Jackson, who called it “the greatest all rounder in the world of whisky”. It's characteristic style coming from the use of Sherry casks, along with an often cited heathery sweetness imparted to the spirit by way of the distinct Orcadian peat used during the malting process.

The first two bottlings in the Magnus series celebrated the influential 11th century Earl who was canonised only 20 years after his untimely death. He was murdered by Haakon, his treacherous cousin, who inspired this third and final release.

Age: 18 Years Old

54.9% ABV / 70cl

Bottle Number: One of only 3300 bottles released.

Please examine the images of the bottle, packaging and labels carefully and satisfy yourself as to their condition before making a bid.

Featured in: The 80th Auction (November 24 – December 3, 2017)