Highland Park 1961 The Dragon

Highland Park 1961 The Dragon
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Highland Park 1961 The DragonHighland Park 1961 The Dragon
Winning bid: £1200.00
Lot number: 081-0923

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.

This private bottling of Highland park called 'The Dragon' comes from a single cask and takes its name from the 12th Century carving by Norse Crusaders in one of Britain's finest prehistoric buildings - the Maes Howe chambered tomb, Orkney, dating from around 3000BC.

Distilled: 1961

Cask Number: 4493

48.1% ABV / 70cl

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Featured in: The 81st Auction (December 29, 2017 – January 7, 2018)
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