Highland Queen 1561 30 Year Old Limited Edition (70cl, 40%)

Highland Queen 1561 30

Highland Queen 1561 30 Year Old Limited Edition (70cl, 40%)

A limited volume of this exclusive 30 years old blend was produced in the traditional manner to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Highland Queen. A selection of top quality malts from 1982 married together with a selection of grain whiskies from 1978 and 1979. Highland Queen has always been renowned for the high percentage of malt used in its blends, and this is reflected in the 30 years old blend which has a malt content of over 75%! This blend has then been recasked into sherry butts, which were widely used in the 20th century in the Scotch Whisky industry, and left to marry together for a further 6 months.

The birth of Highland Queen was in 1893, when Roderick Macdonald decided to set up in business for the first time. The company was known as Macdonald & Muir Ltd. Roderick Macdonald had developed his blends to the stage where he believed he could successfully enter the production field. This resulted in the acquisition of the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain to supply the whisky for the base of his famous Highland Queen blend.

Highland Queen was the flag carrier of Macdonald & Muir Ltd for most of the 20th century. 

The brand name derives from the association of the port of Leith and the original production site by the harbour of Macdonald & Muir in 1893, and the triumphal arrival of Mary Stuart at this spot in 1561. She was later to be crowned Queen of Scots, thus creating one of Scotland’s most famous and loved legends.

Roderick Macdonald was a great traveller and Highland Queen was sold in the traditional way, with Roderick establishing long term relationships which have ensured that even today the brand retains awareness and equity around the world.

Following a change of ownership of Macdonald & Muir Ltd in 2008, the brand was purchased by another family company and the Highland Queen Scotch Whisky Company was established at Tullibardine in the Scottish Highlands.

In the same way that Roderick travelled the world in the last century to build his famous Highland Queen blend, today a small team of dedicated and passionate people are working hard to ensure that Highland Queen regains its rightful place in the Scotch Whisky Industry. 

Highland Queen is the result of many lifetimes of experience in distilling and blending fine Scotch Whiskies.

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