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Highland Park teams up with Gwendoline Christie

Orkney distillery Highland Park has collaborated with Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie to create a short film to celebrate its 225th anniversary this year.

Actor Gwendoline Christie visiting whisky distillery Highland Park
Gwendoline Christie visited the island to create the film. Credit: Annabel Elston

In the Orkney Stories film, Christie learns about the heritage that shaped Highland Park into the whisky it is today, including a tour of Hobbister Moor – hills of heather moorland that infuse the peat below with a floral character. This unique peat gives Highland Park its signature ‘sweet and subtle smoky’ character.

The Star Wars actor also discovers some of the historical landmarks of the islands and is taken behind the scenes of the distillery.

Christie said: “Orkney has a stunning landscape, which I’ve been able to explore first-hand to see how the environment and communities influence the heritage, flavour and spirit of Highland Park whisky.

“I have always drawn inspiration from my surroundings, and I loved delving into how Highland Park, too, is deeply shaped by the setting of its Orkney home.”

Orkney Stories is live from today (5 October) to watch on Highland Park’s social media platforms, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and website.

Paul Condron, Highland Park’s global brand director, said: “We invited Gwendoline Christie to experience the magic of our Orkney Island home to celebrate our 225th anniversary year.

“Through the eyes of Gwendoline, we show our special relationship with the islands and what makes our whisky so distinctive. Inspired by her spirit of creativity and drive to challenge norms; Gwendoline Christie felt like the perfect person to shape and share our story.”

Last month, Highland Park released two new products: a limited edition 18-year-old single cask whisky, and the 18-year-old London Edition.

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