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s_nonjatta
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 19-02-2018 at 11:17 am

I'll be at Highland Park next month and was looking at the options in terms of visitor experience.

Has anyone done the Orcadian Vintages Experience - which is quite pricey at 250GBP, but it all depends on what one is getting, of course.

Would appreciate feedback from fellow whisky enthusiasts who have recently taken a tour at HP.


Cheers,


Stefan

Dyno
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 19-02-2018 at 13:18 pm

check this thread https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16823/orkney-pros-and-cons-of-this-years-whisky-trip

peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 19-02-2018 at 23:03 pm

Hi Stefan


You can read my experience from last year in the link given by Dyno.

One thing for sure, I think you'll enjoy it happy


As for the Orcadian Vintage, I was concidering it but my two fellow travelers found £250 a bit steep and maybe too "over the top" for their level of experience.

They didn't express wild protest, but I could see it in their faces as I aired the options befor booking.

As vikings they were more accepting of the "Viking Warrior" experience at £100.

I think the line up for the Orcadian was the '64, '68, '71, and '76, and maybe there were the 25 or 30 as a reference as well.

They served proper sized samples from the Viking series, and I believe they would do that from the Orcadian as well.

So in that matter you pay an amount about equal to the release price for the cl's you are getting.


Dashing out for one of the more expencive options probably pays of in added experience as well.

The schedule of the tours are limited as well as the number of participants.

As said, our tour was announced to be 1,5 hour but we leasurly followed James for almost 3.

You will also be served the samples in the calm of the Eunsons room with no hurry to finish.

In stark contrast to the basic tour we ran into; about 30 whimsicle people hearded through the main production before hurling down a 12YO at the reception.


If you got the time, Scapa is just across the bay and well worth a visit (just don't go with the same expectations happy ) Here as well, extended tour; twice the price but 4 times the value.

s_nonjatta
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 20-02-2018 at 11:34 am

Thanks a lot for that perspective - it's really helpful.

I'm leaning towards going for the Orcadian Vintage tour - based on your assessment that the samples are proper pours, not just tiny little sips, and that you didn't get rushed in the Eunson room. Since it's just me, I don't have to think about whether other people in my group would be keen or not... so I guess, ah well, treat myself to an early Christmas present.

I am visiting Scapa too but was kind of forced to go for the regular tour because of the timing of the extended tour... which starts late in the morning, and I figured wouldn't give me enough time to get to HP later that same day. (Just one day on Orkney this time, I'm afraid).

Again, many thanks for your help!

Stefan

WhiskyDõkõ
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 09-11-2018 at 00:08 am

I had the privilege doing the Orcadian Tour last october with a friend and The Wiskybrothers from South Africa Johannesburg were present too.


The tour guide was the lovely Patricia and she was really 'teaching'  more than interesting things about this magnificent 'old school' distillery. I believe we saw everything at the distillery, no secret kept hidden. The drams we had were a fantastic experience and also tasting the 'bonus' dram of HP was pure joy. We started and 14.30 and left after 18.30 so there really was no rush.


My opinion ? Book this Oradian Vintage Tour if you pare planning a visit. You won't regret it, I know I didn't. Worth every penny ! Advice/tip ? Bring a box of great quality Dutch/Belgian chocolats for Patricia wink  ;  she'll make it up with a great surprise dram only a few souls have had their hands on. Another advice ; call a taxi when leaving and pick up your car next morning.

Yes, I love HP even more than before since our visit happy 

  Edited on 09-11-2018 at 13:54 pm
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