Highland Park Shiel
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Lot number: 084-0611
Winning bid: £230
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 Shiel is part two in the Keystone Series (a range of limited releases, only available online to members of Highland Park's Inner Circle). This release is named after the traditional wooden malting shovels, used to turn the barley on the malting floor.
48.1% ABV / 70cl
Bottle Number: One of only 1200 bottles released
Please note minor bump to lid
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