Our founder, Magnus Eunson, was a direct Viking descendant, one who embodied a rugged balance: he was a butcher and church officer by day and a smuggler by night. He set up his illicit still at a little bothy at High Park, overlooking Kirkwall – still the site of Highland Park today. We say that our distillery was founded in 1798, but in truth, that’s just the year the authorities finally caught up with Magnus and gave him the choice to start paying taxes or to go to jail. Regardless, whisky was certainly being made before that. With the exception of the smuggling operation, very little has changed in those intervening years. We stay true to the exacting standards of whisky-making our founder introduced, and share his bold and uncompromising approach, and his dedication to the pursuit of Viking Harmony. In fact, some say we’re a whisky crafted in the old way by a new generation of Vikings.