The Orkney Islands are an archipelago off the North East coast of Scotland inhabited by about 20,000 people. Of the 70 odd islands in Orkney, only 20 are inhabited. Orkney has two distilleries, Highland Park and Scapa, both based on the largest of the islands, which is somewhat confusingly called the Mainland. Highland Park is one of the iconic Scottish distilleries, highly prized by whisky collectors. Honey is at the heart of Highland Park, but so is peat, which is cut from a moor close to the distillery.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: A flirty flash of malt thigh, with shades of honey, barley and peat, seductively asking if you want to come in without giving too much away.
Palate: Taste wise this one goes through the gears, cruising through a barley and honey overture, steering its way between wood, fruit and spice, and putting the peat pedal down as it accelerate to its conclusion.
Finish: The various components finish equal first and in style.
Retails for around £30