High Hopes for Highland Park Ambassadors Casks

3/03/2018     Whisky

The auction of Rare & Collectable Whisky at McTear’s on *7 March  gives buyers the rare opportunity to bid on the Ambassadors cask series.


The Ambassadors cask series consists of five single cask bottlings of Highland Park aged from 10 to 34 years, each hand selected by Gerry Tosh, who was the first Highland Park ambassador, and then moved on to the role ‘Head of Brand Education’.

Below is information on each of the sensational bottles:

  • Lot 1200 - Highland Park 1984, first release, aged 21 years. Matured in cask no. 21, and bottled in 2005. 70cl, 56.1% volume. Est. £300-£400.
  • Lot 1201 – Highland Park 1996, second release, aged 10 years. Matured in cask no. 1071, and bottled in 1996. 700ml, 58.8% volume. Est. £150-£250.
  • Lot 1201A – Highland Park 1974, third release, aged 33 years. Matured in cask no. 9015. 350ml, 44.8% volume. Est. £150-£250.
  • Lot 1202 – Highland Park 1979, fourth release, aged 29 years. Matured in cask no. 413/A. 700ml, 56.1% volume. Est. £450-£550.
  • Lot 1203 – Highland Park 1974, fifth release, aged 34 years. Matured in cask no. 8845. 700ml, 41.5% volume. Est. £650-£750.

The Highland Park distillery was established in 1798, located on Orkney, it is currently the most northerly distillery in Scotland.

The story of how the distillery was established is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Whilst it is widely believed that the distillery was founded by farmer David Robertson, some believe it was actually a smuggler by the name of Magnus Eunson.

Over its life the distillery has changed hands numerous times, bought by Highland distillers in 1937, which in turn were acquired by the Edrington group in 1999. The Edrington group also own the Macallan, Glenturret and the Famous Grouse brands.

With its iconic status and incredible spirit, Highland Park is a much sought after whisky by collectors, investors and drinkers.

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