Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in Scotland, sitting just to the northeast of Scapa, the only other distillery on Orkney. The island boasts mineral rich water and is at the mercy of the elements and because of this, Highland Park has a characteristically coastal character. The distillery was founded there in 1798 on the site of Magnus Eunson's cottage (a notorious smuggler and beadle who lived on Orkney). It wasn't until 1826 that Highland Park was officially licensed, and whisky production continued until 1869, when the distillery was inherited by James Borwick. Borwick was a priest and he felt that distillation contradicted his religious beliefs, so it took new ownership in 1876, to improve production and encourage export. Glenlivet's founder James Grant acquired the distillery in 1895, installing three new stills bringing Highland Park up to its current total of 4. Today, the distillery is owned by Edrington, which repackaged and re-launched the brand. This was so successful, sales even eclipsed those of Islay's Lagavulin distillery. Expect a superbly honeyed, heathery, slightly coastal whisky. Very good stuff.