Highland Park 18 yo follow-up…

When I was first getting to know whisky regions, Highland Park simply belonged to the Grand Uniform Region Of All Islands. It was nice and simple, geographical and logical. Those of you, who bother to follow that at all, know that now it’s all a little bit more complicated.

Islay is now a region on its own again and the other islands are incorporated into the Highlands, but still by many classified as a subregion, a quasi-region or even a separate region. Resuscitating Campbeltown region doesn’t make it any clearer, does it? Confusion is the name of the game here.

At first I was outraged, I thought it was pointless and stupid. Why change things? But while drinking my Highland Park alongside Lagavulin in Teuchters I was having second thoughts. HP certainly is closer to Ardmore, Clynelish and Dalmore (or even Macallan) than to Ardbeg and Laphroaig, and I’m not talking about geography. I’m still not 100% convinced by this new/old classification but now I can see their point. Shame bout the Talisker though…

Lucas

Comments

  1. A conspiracy to boost the profile of Islay even further…

  2. Not like we mind;)
    Lucas

  3. In most restaurants they still split it into the 6 geographical regions of Speyside, Highland, Lowland, Island, Islay and Campbeltown. Wikipedia and the Whisky Bible do the same…

  4. Yup. And Michel Jackson used to split the Highlands even further. It must be soooo confusing for the outsiders.

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