Onto the distillery now, which inhabits the Orkney Isle like a small city of stone, complete with 26 (!!!) onsite aging warehouses, most of which are traditional single story dunnage style buildings. Highland Park also does a portion of its own floor maltings on site, which is increasingly rare in the modern scotch industry. Highland Park takes full advantage of Orkney’s native peat bogs, moderately peating much of their barley with the local peat, which is one of the main contributors to Highland Park’s somewhat eclectic signature flavor.
Highland Park utilizes both ex-bourbon casks and sherry seasoned American and European casks for aging its whisky. The older age stated whiskies typically have a higher proportion of first fill sherry casks, and the distillery’s special releases and NAS bottlings often display some special marriage of different proportions of cask types.