Highland Park 40 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

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Last year, the Highland Park 40 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (www.highlandpark.co.uk, $2,000) became that distillery’s oldest permanent expression. From its floral and light smoke aromas to its gorgeous, deep notes of spice, toffee, butter, vanilla bean, and fruitcake, this Orkney spirit owes its multidimensional flavors to the sherry-oak casks in which it spent four decades aging. In a tribute to Orkney’s legendary past, its handsomely designed bottle is inlaid with a silver amulet reminiscent of the knot-work worn by the Vikings who long ago inhabited Scotland’s northernmost isle.

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