Single Malt Whisky
A fine malt, distilled in Orkney, the furthest North of any true Scotch distillery, and the only one on this Scottish island.
Six whiskys were made, of which five are available, 12, 18 and 25 year old, and 1974 and 1977. The 1958 limited edition (only 665 bottles were produced) is now only found in collections.
Highland Park's overall quality is one of smokiness, and the 12 year-old (the most readily available) has become a great pub favourite due to its classic, yet smooth quality. In the glass, it clings nicely, allowing the comforting, slightly honeyed aroma to fill the senses.
I have, in the past few years, often bought a bottle for myself for Hogmanay, to toast in the New Year. I could think of no finer way of beginning the year.