Goldring Travel's 2016 Culinary & Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise on the Seabourn Quest - Part V (Kirkwall, Ullapool, Whiskey and the Kindness of a Stranger) - Travels Blogs

Goldring Travel's 2016 Culinary & Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise on the Seabourn Quest - Part V (Kirkwall, Ullapool, Whiskey and the Kindness of a Stranger)



The Seabourn Quest?s arrival into Kirkwall, Scotland, the largest town in Orkney; an archipelago of islands in the far north., marked one of the highlights of the 2016 Goldring Travel Culinary & Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise:  An exclusive tour and tasting at Highland Park Distillery followed by a gourmet pub lunch.
Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Scotland
The day started out with torrential rains that, but for the annual Goldring Travel jackets, would have left everyone soaked as we made our way from the ship to our private Highland Park bus waiting to pick us up.  After our wet Scottish welcome the weather fortunately cleared...not exactly into a sunny day, but most certainly sufficiently dry!

Our tour started with the typical introductory movie?and that was all that was typical.  Our tour of the Highland Park Distillery, which is both ancient and beautiful, was in depth and very interesting; led by James?who you could instantly tell has done this for years and loves his job.
Highland Park Distillery's Bonded Warehouse
This is where the aging is done.  The days of the unique painted
labels (on the right) have been replaced by bar-coding (on the left)
but the product remains the same.

Highland Park Distillery's beautiful stills.
It was an interesting discussion on what angle leaving the still
 is best when making whiskeyBut the real enjoyment came after the tour where we had a truly exceptional tasting of eight (8) whiskeys starting with an unaged whiskey (also known as ?white lightning? or moonshine), and following then Highland Park?s 12, 15, 18 (declared ?the best spirit in the world?), 25, 30, 46 year old and then a 60+ year old whiskey (pretty much priceless at an estimated 9,000 GBP per bottle). Goldring Travel's Culinary & Cultural Cruise
Enjoying an Exclusive Whiskey Tasting
at Highland Park DistilleryWhile the first seven were enjoyed in Highland Park?s private tasting room, the 60+ year old whiskey (which I describe as subtle and smooth as your most comfortable pair of slippers) was properly presented and relished in the Eunsun Room.
Enjoying "The Best of the Best"
in Highland Park Distillery's Eunson RoomI love my job!After our Highland Park experience, it was time to head off to the quay in Kirkwall for a gourmet pub lunch at Helgi?s; a true Scottish pub renowned for its exceptional Scottish fare. 

Helgi's Pub - Kirkway, ScotlandHelgi's Pub - Kirwall, ScotlandGoldring Travel?s guests enjoyed such delicacies as a platter of smoked mussels, scallops and salmon, cauliflower and smoked cheddar soup, Bubble and Squeak with Scallops and fish & chips (though some did order hamburgers!), combined with local beers, stout and other beverages. 

Goldring Travel's Culinary & Cultural Cruise
is not just about consuming food and wine,
but the culture:  Here sitting in a real pub with real people
and enjoying a local beer or twoThe Best Fish & Chips...with re...
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