Highland ParkFra Malt Whisky Yearbook 2012:
Owner: The Edrington Group
Region/district: Highlands (Orkney)
Status: Active (vc)
Capacity: 2 500 000 litres
Address: Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SU
Tel: 01856 874619
1798 – David Robertson founds the distillery. The local smuggler and businessman Magnus Eunson previously operated an illicit whisky production on the site.
1816 – John Robertson, an Excise Officer who arrested Magnus Eunson, takes over production.
1826 – Highland Park obtains a license and the distillery is taken over by Robert Borwick.
1840 – Robert´s son George Borwick takes over but the distillery deteriorates.
1869 – The younger brother James Borwick inherits Highland Park and attempts to sell it as he does not consider the distillation of spirits as compatible with his priesthood.
1876 – Stuart & Mackay becomes involved and improves the business by exporting to Norway and India.
1895 – James Grant (of Glenlivet Distillery) buys Highland Park.
1898 – James Grant expands capacity from two to four stills.
1937 – Highland Distilleries buys Highland Park.
1979 – Highland Distilleries invests considerably in marketing Highland Park as single malt which increases sales markedly.
1986 – A visitor centre, considered one of Scotland’s finest, is opened.
1997 – Two new Highland Park are launched, an 18 year old and a 25 year old.
1999 – Highland Distillers are acquired by Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons.
2000 – Visit Scotland awards Highland Park “Five Star Visitor Attraction”. The distillery has spent over £2 million on the visitor centre and distillery.
2005 – Highland Park 30 years old is released. A 16 year old for the Duty Free market and Ambassador´s Cask 1984 are released.
2006 – The second edition of Ambassador´s Cask, a 10 year old from 1996, is released. New packaging is introduced.
2007 – The Rebus 20, a 21 year old duty free exclusive, a 38 year old and a 39 year old are released.
2008 – A 40 year old and the third and fourth editions of Ambassador´s Cask are released.
2009 – Two vintages and Earl Magnus 15 year are released.
2010 – A 50 year old, Saint Magnus 12 year old, Orcadian Vintage 1970 and four duty free vintages are released.
2011 – Vintage 1978, Leif Eriksson and 18 year old Earl Haakon are released.
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