In Orkney, we experience a dramatic contrast between the seasons and, as the long summer days are now giving way to long winter nights, we thought you’d enjoy revisiting the inspiration behind our special editions, THE DARK and THE LIGHT.

Over the course of the year, we filmed our Senior Brand Ambassador Martin Markvardsen as he explored Orkney through the seasons, contrasting the endlessly bright summer days with our long dark winter months. Watch our short film here and then find out more about these two very special editions of Highland Park.

17 Year Old THE DARK

With THE DARK, we celebrate autumn and winter in Orkney. It’s a time to escape from the wild weather outside and gather together with friends and family, sharing long nights of conversation and laughter around the fire. A time to enjoy the rewards of our summer labours, to catch up with loved ones and to share hospitality, stories and dreams. A time for reflection, for taking stock, for celebrating life.

Matured in European sherry seasoned casks to deliver a distinctively deep flavour, THE DARK is packed with dried fruits, nuts and spices, overlaid with hints of smoky peat. Naturally deep russet in colour, this is a rich and powerful expression of Highland Park.

17 Year Old THE LIGHT

By contrast, through THE LIGHT, we celebrate spring and summer in Orkney – a time to emerge from our winter hibernation, renewed and refreshed with a spring in our step, ready to embrace the warm bright days of summer. It’s a time to grow and create, to gather family and friends for days of adventuring and exploring; a time for new places and new faces, for barbecues and fires on the beach. A time for activity, for excitement, for celebrating life.

Matured in refill American oak casks, THE LIGHT is naturally pale and bright in colour, and is generously infused with sweet notes of tropical fruits, freshly grated nutmeg and creamy vanilla. These distinctive flavours are offset by woody hints of cedar and oak, wrapped up in our trademark light peat smoke.

Both expressions are available for purchase from our online shop.



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The Orkney Single Malt
with Viking Soul