Highland Park's founder, Magnus Eunson, was a direct Viking descendant. A butcher and church officer by day, and a smuggler by night, he set up his illicit still at a little bothy at High Park, overlooking Kirkwall – still the site of Highland Park today. Although they say that the distillery was founded in 1798, in truth, that’s just the year that the authorities finally caught up with Magnus – whisky was certainly being produced there before that! With the exception of the smuggling operation, very little has changed in those intervening years. They stay true to the exacting standards of whisky making Magnus introduced, and share his bold and uncompromising approach. In fact, you could say this is a whisky crafted in the old way by a new generation of Vikings.
'Viking Honour' 12 Year Old reflects the unique culture of Orkney. Part of Scotland yes, but originally belonging to a vast Viking kingdom. At Highland Park, they honour the spirit of their Viking ancestors, sharing their pride, integrity and fierce independence. "I am a reflection of my ancestors and values. I keep them close and continue to learn, to pass on those values to future generations. My name is all I truly have. Let it be a legacy of honour." Old Viking Saying
The colour of Highland Park 'Viking Honour' 12 Year Old is glowing amber. The aromas and flavours are of heather honey, rich fruitcake, winter spices, Seville oranges and aromatic smoky peat. Why not try this with haunch of venison, chocolate ginger biscuits, soft cheeses such as French Brie and even Japanese sushi and wasabi (yes, really!).