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Touring Scotland, A Trip To The Distillery
Highland Park Single Malt Scotch whisky is known as one of the world's finest single malts. Distilled in Scotland's Orkney Islands, generations of distillery workers spend lifetimes using a method largely unchanged since 1798. We walked through the distillation process and while the step-by-step procedure is similar to other distilleries, Highland Park brands have some distinct advantages over others.
"In Scotland we have June and we have winter," Russell Miller, distillery manager explained, referring to cooler temperatures experienced year round at the distilleries location that provide "even paced, cool maturation."
It's a process that also includes using hand-turned malt, a key ingredient in their recipe for a good Scotch. Sherry oak casks are another critical part of the process and Highland Park has some that have been used and reused for nearly 100 years, giving their products a unique flavor.
To me, that very long production process has always begged the question, "How do they know how much to make for customers who may very well have not been born yet?" If they were making cheeseburgers, the answer is simple. Someone orders one and they make it.
The answer, our tour guide explained, is all about quality. "We're pretty good at guessing," Miller joked, "but it seems there will always be demand for our high quality product."
[Photos- Chris Owen/Highland Park Distillery]