facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

An Ancient Spirit from the Orkneys

Richard Carleton Hacker

Highland Park is the northernmost distillery in Scotland, and its older single malts have become a cult favorite. In 2009 a limited release of its first 40-year-old whisky quickly sold out, and although scarce, it remains a part of the distillery’s annual line. Now comes the U.S. launch of the Orcadian Limited Edition Series—a five-year offering of vintage dated one-off, ultra-aged, single malts. The first, a 40-year-old 1968 Highland Park, was released in 2010. After four decades of aging in eight American and Spanish sherry casks, only 1,594 bottles were produced—even though the label states each is “1 of 1550.” Nonetheless, the 1968 Highland Park is scarce by any standard. Less than 100 bottles, priced at $3,999 each, have been allocated for United States.

The 1968 vintage is dramatically different from anything Highland Park has ever produced. The bouquet brims with sherry, toasted cedar, sweet violets, and cinnamon. The candied flavor is enhanced by a whiff of smoke and black cherry in the lengthy finish. By law, only the year of the youngest whisky can appear on the label. Thus, one can only imagine how many much-older spirits from this distillery reside within the golden-hued liquid contained in the distinctive black glass bottle. (www.highlandpark.co.uk)

Read Next Article >>
Australia’s iconic winery, Penfolds —which celebrates its 170th...
Highland Park is made today with the same enduring belief and integrity,...
Mezcal is sometimes referred to as “Mexico’s other spirit,” since it is...
Château Cordeillan-Bages —a Relais & Châteaux hotel built around a...
In June, Hennessy and Robb Report hosted an exclusive tasting at the New...
Over the last two years, wine apps have evolved from entertaining gizmos...
Pop Art Late last year, Phillip Dunn took charge of one of the best...
The Last Drop 50 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky ($4,000) is composed of 82...
Until fairly recently, there were only three categories of tequila: blanco...
The Numanthia 2010 Termanthia Toro ($206, www.numanthia.com ), which comes...