One of the finest and most distinct single malt whiskies in all of Scotland, Highland Park, the Orkney Single Malt with Viking soul, will be bringing the unique Scandinavian ambience and Viking heritage of the Orkney Islands down to London this month. Highland Park will be showing us how to celebrate the Summer Solstice – aka the longest day of the year – in proper, Norse style, with a three day takeover of Dalston Roof Park. Here are the five best things going on at their Midsummer Social.
Delicious Highland Park-inspired drinks
The Midsummer Social will allow you the chance to try Highland Park both neat and in specially created refreshing long drinks. There’ll be bespoke Highland Park cocktails, including a special long serve named Simmer Dim, after the Scots name for the colour of the twilight Solstice sky.
Torchlit tastings in a bothy
Highland Park won’t just be taking over Dalston Roof Park for several days – it’ll be transforming it too. Part of that will include the installation of a bothy – traditional stone shelter – reminiscent of the one which was used by the whisky’s founder, Magnus Eunson, during his days as a smuggler. It’ll be playing host to torchlit whisky tastings.
Great live music
The Midsummer Social isn’t just about the past. There will be performances from Dutch electro bod Eelke Kleijn (Jun 21) and hometown indie heroes Slow Club, pictured (Jun 22).
Highland Park Boilermaker's
If you’re looking for an alternative means of refreshment then fear not – Dalston’s own 40FT Brewery will be on hand with thirst-quenching craft ales. And you can get the best of both worlds by combining them with a measure of Highland Park at the bar.
The Orkneys were under Norse rule for 600 years, and even today a third of islanders have Viking heritage. Root + Bone will be curating a special menu that reflects its Scandinavian past, featuring all manner of treats, including meats grilled over a peated firepit.
Dalston Roof Park. Tue Jun 21-Wed Jun 22. 6.30pm-11pm. £15. Thu Jun 23 is open door.
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