Released globally from this month, the new Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1 boasts a 63.3% ABV and shows “robust and intense flavours with a greater depth of finish”.
Gordon Motion, master whisky maker of the distillery, selected and married together predominantly Sherry seasoned American oak casks of different ages to create the whisky. His focus was to create a harmonious balance of flavour in the classic house style.
Motion said: “A cask strength whisky is very much made the traditional way but it doesn’t have to be enjoyed so. Its full flavour allows you the control to discover the taste and strength that appeals to your palate by adding ice or water according to your preference.
“I want to give everyone who loves Highland Park the chance to experience our single malt whisky in its purest from by bottling ‘straight from the cask’ but allowing you to choose the strength you want to drink this special single malt.”
CASK STRENGTH RELEASE NO. 1
ABV : 63.3% Volume : 700ml
Casks have a huge influence on our whisky. As our fresh new make spirit slowly matures inside them, the casks use these long years to impart their vast array of robust flavours.
It only follows then, that when you bottle straight from the cask, without adding water to reduce alcohol content, you are going to taste our whisky – and the cask’s influence – in its purest form.
Cask Strength Release No. 1 is matured predominantly in sherry seasoned American oak casks of different ages, hand-selected by Gordon Motion, our Master Whisky Maker. It is then directly bottled – not chill-filtered – to ensure the essential DNA and natural colour of our whisky stays intact. There is nothing in this whisky other than the whisky itself. Nothing but the intensely balanced, award-winning spirit of Highland Park.
It is at once sweet and smoky on the nose, with aromas of violets and ripe vanilla pods amidst waves of aromatic peat smoke. On the palate, it is rich and full-bodied, with soft toffee, heather honey, freshly grated nutmeg, and sun-ripened citrus fruits that give way to an exotically spiced crème brûlée finish.
Prior to the launch, earlier in February, the distillery launched a cask strength expression exclusively for World Duty-Free at Heathrow Airport in London, limited to 642 bottles.
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