Whisky specialist, Teddy Joseph, has been a Brand Ambassador for Highland Park since 2016. He’s based in Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital city – although he also has a home in Orkney, which he can’t wait to return to once travel restrictions are lifted. Here, he enjoys the beauty of our islands, the friendliness of the Orcadians, and of course the atmosphere of the distillery – but what does he get up to in Edinburgh?
A city surrounded by natural beauty
“I’ve been enjoying lovely walks during lockdown. Accompanied by my wife and newborn baby girl, we’ve been exploring The Hermitage of Braid. Situated to the south of Edinburgh, this beautiful local nature reserve has a ‘burn’ (the Scots word for a small river) flowing through it, which attracts hikers and dog walkers along its trail. Closer to home, we love visiting The Meadows. This is a large public park, just south of the city centre, criss-crossed by tree-lined paths and offering a huge playground, a croquet club and tennis courts. It’s an area of natural beauty in the heart of an already beautiful city and it’s great for people watching!”
“Edinburgh is famously a city built on seven hills and one of the best views is from one of them, Arthur’s Seat. An extinct volcano, it’s the main peak of a group of hills forming most of Holyrood Park. With an elevation of nearly 300m above sea level, it offers incredible panoramic views taking in Edinburgh Castle, the city centre and views across to the River Forth, Inchkeith and Fife to the north. To the north-east, the vista extends out to North Berwick, where Berwick Law (a majestic hill) can be seen rising from the horizon. With fabulous views in all directions, and extensive surrounding parkland, you feel a wondrous calm upon reaching the summit.”
Tips for tourists
“There’s so much to see and do in Edinburgh, it’s difficult to know where to start. A visit to Edinburgh Castle is a must – viewing it from below, when you’re standing on Princes Street and seeing it rise above the city centre with the ‘Old Town’ as a backdrop, is awe-inspiring. And the Old Town itself is really worth exploring too – with all its nooks and crannies, there’s always something new to discover and it boasts great cafes, bar and restaurants.”
What’s on the menu?
“Scotland has some of the best natural produce in the world – from salmon to shellfish, Aberdeen Angus beef to raspberries, strawberries and brambles, it’s such a varied larder and I have an enviable selection of delicious dishes to choose from. I always lean towards seafood – it’s my favourite food group and great paired with Highland Park whisky too. My favourite serve? An Old Fashioned – simple, classic and absolutely delicious! I’m also a big fan of the Highland Park 2003, 16 Year Old Sherry Cask TWE Exclusive, recently launched in the UK. Bottled Exclusively for The Whisky Exchange (TWE), it delivers intense notes of fruit cake, aromatic smoke and a delicious spiced toffee sweetness.”