Highland Park

There is honesty in Highland Park. It is a whisky, which exudes balance and complexity in every glass. It is not about fashion, trends or bandwagons. Highland Park is made today with the same enduring belief and integrity, to the same exacting standards, as it always has been. This approach accounts for the appeal of Highland Park, which is now respected by whisky lovers as one of the greatest single malts in the world. This appreciation is based on an unbroken tradition of whisky-making stretching back at Highland Park to 1798.

HIGHLAND PARK 10 YEAR OLD

Highland Park 10 Year Old pays tribute to Viking enduring influence on Orkney and the value they placed on skilled craftsmanship and a steadfast work ethic. Centuries ago, long before Orkney became part of Scotland, it belonged to the vast Viking Kingdom. Magnus Eunson, who founded Highland Park in 1798, was a direct descendant of those early Viking pioneers who settled there, becoming part of Orkney and leaving their mark on the landscape, culture and people. Does that shape the character of Highland Park whisky? Without a shadow of a doubt.

A naturally light and golden coloured whisky, Highland Park 10-Year-Old delivers citrus fruits, vanilla, peppery spices, and heather peat, with a light smoke influence. Aged in American oak casks (Quercus Alba) for a minimum of 10 years & combined with sherry cask matured whiskey of the same age. Predominantly American oak-driven, with spice, raisins & exotic fruits coming from sherry seasoned European oak.

Tasting notes

Colour:
Natural colour

Nose:
Spicy, peardrops, fruity, light smoke

Palate:
Sweet vanilla, light spicy, cedar wood, lightly peaty/smoky

Finish:
Lingering sweet and spicy notes

ABV

40%

Volume

700mL

HIGHLAND PARK 12 YEAR OLD

Viking honour is the heart and soul of Highland Park. It reflects the unique culture of  Orkney – part of Scotland, yes, but originally belonging to a vast Viking kingdom. Highland Park honours the spirit of their Viking ancestors, shares their pride, integrity and fierce independence and that’s why they continue to distil the award-winning whisky to the same exacting standards introduced in 1798 by founder, Magnus Eunson, a direct descendant of those early Viking settlers. The result is an intensely balanced single malt scotch whisky – a perfect harmony of aromatic smoky peat and the flavours of sweet heather honey and rich fruit cake. Smooth, full and rounded, it’s a whisky that truly stands apart.

Highland Park 12-Year-Old is predominantly driven by first fill European oak casks, providing a darker natural colour & a mature fruity yet smoky character.

Tasting notes

Colour
Natural. Glowing amber

Nose
Heather-honey sweetness, gentle peaty smokiness

Palate
Rounded smoke and honey sweetness, full malt delivery. Oak, alongside equal amounts of dried fruits and spice.

Finish
Sweet and lingering with heathery notes and subtle smoke right at the end.

ABV

40%

Volume

700mL

HIGHLAND PARK 18 YEAR OLD

Named Best Spirit in the World in the Spirit Journal, on two separate occasions, the intense balance of the flavours found in Highland Park 18 Year Old owes everything to the five traditional keystones of production, honoured for over 220 years. Slow-burning, aromatic peat from Hobbister Moor; hand-turned floor maltings, Sherry seasoned European oak casks, cool maturation in the temperate island climate and a long and unhurried harmonisation process.

Highland Park 18-Year-Old is predominantly matured in 1st fill European oak Sherry-seasoned casks, delivering a remarkable complexity over time. It delivers lingering layers of sweet honeyed malt wrapped up in subtle floral peat smoke. Over 18 years, the cool Northern climate causes the whisky to age slowly and evenly, providing balanced maturation and depth of flavour.

Tasting notes

Colour
Natural colour, burnished gold, clear and bright.

Nose
Rich, mature oak, hints of chocolate and cherry. Top note of aromatic smoke.

Palate
Rich, full flavour, honey sweetness, chocolate and peat.

Finish
Soft, round and long with a whisper of peat on the finish.

ABV

40%

Volume

700mL

HIGHLAND PARK VALKYRIE

For Viking warriors, death was not an end, but a glorious beginning. And it began with the Valkyries. Valkyrie, in Norse mythology, was a female figure or spirit that had the power to choose which Viking warriors would die in battle and be taken to join Odin’s army. VALKYRIE celebrates the rich Nordic ancestry of Orkney, once part of a vast Viking kingdom. The packaging was designed by internationally renowned designer and Viking Soul, Jim Lyngvild. Valkyrie is the first in the series of three VIKING LEGEND releases and was created by Gordon Motion, Highland Park Master Whisky Maker and has been awarded Chairman’s Trophy in the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, scoring 99 out of 100.

Tasting notes

Colour
Natural colour with an amber hue.

Nose
Intense, sharp tang of sweet green apples and ripening lemons.

Palate
Bewitching oriental spices, creamy vanilla, sweet preserved ginger, dark chocolate with hints of liquorice.

Finish
Long, lingering finish delivers waves of warm aromatic smoke and richly ripened fruit.

ABV

45.9%

Volume

700mL

HIGHLAND PARK VALKNUT

To meet a hero’s death on the battlefield was the highest honour for a Viking warrior… Valknut means ‘knot of those slain in battle’. Its symbol of three interlinked triangles appears on lots of artefacts from the Viking age. According to legend, those Vikings who had met honourable death were marked out by the symbol and spirited away by the Valkyries to Valhalla to join Odin’s mighty army to prepare for Ragnarok, the battle of the end of the world. Valknut is the second in the series of three VIKING LEGEND releases. It was crafted by Gordon Motion, the Master Whisky Maker. Valknut has intensely balanced flavour – matured predominantly in American oak with a slightly higher percentage of peat, compared to Valkyrie, which enhances its sweeter notes. It also uses a small amount of locally grown Tartan barley which adds to its smokier edge.

The packaging has been created by Danish designer Jim Lyngvild and the inspiration for Valknut came from two important Nordic sources in Gotland, Sweden – the first of the four Stora Hammers stones and the picture stone at Tangelgarda.

Tasting notes

Colour
Natural colour, light gold.

Nose
Toasted vanilla pods, cracked black pepper, oak shavings, cloves, aniseed, aromatic smoke.

Palate
Sweet, aromatic cloves join forces with tangy hints of aniseed.

Finish
Intensely balanced, bold and courageous, leaves a lingering memory of aromatic peat smoke and sweet spices.

ABV

46.8%

Volume

700mL

HIGHLAND PARK VALFATHER

Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky has launched a special edition whisky, Valfather, the final part of the Viking Legend series inspired by the Orkney based distillery’s Viking history. The trilogy highlights the journey to Ragnarök, the battle at the end of the world and has inspired the packaging and taste profiles of the whiskies created by Highland Park’s master whisky maker, Gordon Motion.

Valfather, named after Odin, the mightiest of the Norse Gods, is the distillery’s most peated release to date. Created using some of the distillery’s finest 100% refill casks to reflect the ethereal and lighter feel of Valhalla, Odin’s hall, the whisky’s higher phenolic level displays Odin’s power.

Overall, Valfather is the richest and smokiest in taste profile compared to the rest of the series and Highland Park’s classic whiskies.

As well as the hallmark aromatic peat smoke, it tastes of creamy vanilla, toasted cedar wood with a long floral aromatic finish offset by notes of crisp apple and sweet fragrant pear.

The Viking Legend series rise in phenolic level throughout the collection and each has their own distinctive flavour profile. Valkyrie the first in the series, uses predominantly European sherry seasoned oak, while Valknut uses American sherry seasoned oak and Orkney’s tartan barley.

Inspiration for the packaging design came from the ancient picture stones from Stora Hammars in Gotland, Sweden and was designed by Jim Lyndvild.

Tasting notes

Appearance
Natural colour, bright gold.

Nose
Crisp apple with sweet fragrant pear.

Palate
Creamy vanilla crème brûlée with toasted cedarwood and warming paprika.

Finish
Long floral smoke perfectly offset by notes of fresh fruit.

ABV

47%

Volume

700mL

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