Remote Orkney Island Distillery Keeping Community Spirits High with Zoom Tasting Event – Scotch Whisky News

Orkney Island Distillery Joins Remote Tasting Collaboration 

One of the UK’s northernmost whisky distilleries, Highland Park based in Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands, is collaborating for the second in a series of remote, online island tastings with Isle of Lewis ‘wild water’ business, Larkfire. 

Last month, James McIntosh, the founder of Larkfire, launched an online tastings series, sending free packs of its wild water and samples of whisky to islanders in the Outer Hebrides with the aim of keeping spirits high while businesses and communities are on lockdown and tourism is on hold.

At the end of this month, the second free ‘Whisky + Wild’ tasting will launch to communities in Orkney, with Highland Park providing samples of three of their limited edition whiskies: 13-year-old Saltire Edition 2, Ness of Brodgar’s Legacy 12-year-old and Scottish Ballet 50.

The interactive, online Zoom event, which encourages islanders to connect and communicate during lockdown, will be hosted by whisky evangelist Eddie Ludlow, founder of The Whisky Lounge.

James McIntosh, whose Larkfire business donates a percentage of sales to The Stornoway Trust, hopes to build on the success of last month’s event which saw 30 local people and businesses connect via its first live tasting.

He said: “We’re keen to support communities and businesses throughout Scotland and the idea for these online tastings came about as we were mulling over what we could do to help, just to raise spirits a little.

“Building on last month’s event – which was so successful, the tasting event was followed by an impromptu online ‘after party’ – we are collaborating with Highland Park, a distillery with a close affinity to one of our founders.

“We are inviting members of the local communities across the Orkney islands to join our free online ‘Whisky + Wild’ event and hope to unite many people in raising a glass during lockdown, supporting each other and promoting local businesses across the islands and beyond.”

Graham Bruce, Visits and Retail Operations Manager, Highland Park, said:  “We are delighted to be collaborating with Larkfire’s online tasting event and hope that everyone will enjoy sampling some of our limited edition single malts.”

Larkfire – a natural ‘wild water’ that brings out the full flavour of whisky – is stocked by prestigious venues including Boisdale Group sites in Mayfair, Belgravia, Canary Wharf and Bishopsgate. Soho Whisky Club also uses Larkfire for its tasting events, and Islington restaurant Frederick’s offers Larkfire alongside its range of world whiskies.  It was named Best Premium Drink at the World Beverage Innovation Awards.

Larkfire’s Whisky + Wild tasting with Highland Park is on Friday 29th May at 6.30pm.  To enquire about future ‘Whisky + Wild’ online tastings email


About Larkfire

A percentage of Larkfire sales flow back into the Outer Hebrides via a partnership with The Stornoway Trust – a community landlord that looks after 69,000 acres of land on the Isle of Lewis, where the water is sourced.

Larkfire was launched after a study by Swedish chemists Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman in the Scientific Reports journal helped prove that water boosts the concentration of flavour compounds at the surface of whisky, enhancing the flavour.

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