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Orkney Whiskies

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Orkney is the most northerly of Scotland's whisky-producing regions. Sometimes considered a part of the Highlands region, the archipelago of some 70 islands is found just off the northern tip of Scotland, in the cold waters of the North Sea. Only two distilleries are located in the islands, and they produce whiskies that are full bodied and balanced, with smoky, salty characters.

The archipelago covers around 380 square miles (1000 sq km). The North Atlantic Gulf Stream contributes to the mild maritime climate here, and even at the high latitude of 59°N, Orkney enjoys milder winters and cooler summers than some parts of inland Scotland. The climate is characterized by strong winds, which bring salty, tangy characters to the maturing whiskies, and high humidity, which slows aging and leads to more-even maturation over the years.

Some of Orkney's whiskies are peated, and as the archipelago is younger geologically than the more-famous region of Islay, the peat here is vastly different. The high winds that buffet the islands have led to a dearth of trees, and as a result, Orkney peat is less woody, taking more influence from the floral heather that has covered the land for centuries. As a result, Orkney whiskies have a more-honeyed character than their medicinal Islay counterparts.

Orkney has been inhabited for many thousands of years, and whisky production here dates back to at least the late 18th Century, when the remote Highland Park distillery began life as an illicit still. The other distillery in Orkney is Scapa, which was established in the 1880s.

Some cask- and bottle-conditioned beers are also made in Orkney.

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We found 114 wines produced in this region.
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Highland Park 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $115 1561
Highland Park 'The Valhalla Collection - Thor' 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $287 1637
Highland Park 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $330 1823
Highland Park 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $510 2481
Highland Park 'The Valhalla Collection - Loki' 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $260 5482
Highland Park 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $48 5754
Highland Park 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $75 10230
Scapa The Orcadian 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $78 12504
Highland Park 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $1,869 12878
Highland Park 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $194 14737
Scapa 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $100 20493
Highland Park Earl Magnus Edition One 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $611 23138
Scott's Selection Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $178 23653
Highland Park Saint Magnus Edition Two 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $179 26250
Highland Park 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $15,828 27337
Gordon & MacPhail Scapa Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $63 27908
The Orkney Brewery Skull Splitter Ale Beer, Orkney, Scotland Beer $11 30330
Gordon & MacPhail The MacPhail's Collection Highland Park 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $40 32700
Highland Park Einar Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $53 33955
Highland Park Svein Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $42 42364
Highland Park 'Earl Haakon Bottling'18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $566 44770
Highland Park Harald Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $89 49069
Signatory Vintage Cask Strength Collection Highland Park 19 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $137 60556
Scapa 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $346 63942
Highland Park Drakkar Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $45 70575
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