Orkney-based Highland Park has added a new permanent single malt Scotch whisky to its portfolio: 15-year-old Viking Heart.


Gordon Motion, Highland Park’s master whisky maker, handpicked the casks for the 15-year-old. The liquid contains a ‘high percentage’ of first-fill European oak Sherry-seasoned casks, said to give dry, spicy notes.

First-fill American oak Sherry-seasoned casks are said to complement this with flavours of vanilla, crème brûlée. Meanwhile, a small proportion of refill casks give ‘gentle’ heather peat and ‘lightly fruity’ character.

The whisky has been filled into heavily embossed 700ml ceramic bottles, made in partnership with UK-based Wade Ceramics. The design was inspired by ancient earthenware vessels, which would have been used to store whisky a century or two ago at the distillery.

Motion said: “Our insistence on specially constructed Sherry casks delivers a richness of flavour.

“Vanilla and citrus notes lead and combine with the unique fragrant peat and creamy mouthfeel synonymous with Highland Park.

“The hand selection of quality first-fill and refill casks for Highland Park 15 Year Old delivers a rich colour, which is 100% natural.”

The 15-year-old whisky joins the brand’s permanent offerings. Bottled at 44% ABV, Viking Heart will be available for RRP £80 (US$109.33) from specialist whisky retailers, and the brand’s online shop and distillery.

TWO GIFTS IN ONE

Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart

Inspired by examples of ancient earthenware vessels that were uncovered at the distillery a few years ago, we asked Wade Ceramics if they would like to work with us to create a modern version for 15 Year Old Viking Heart. We couldn’t be happier with the result.

Established in 1810 and based in Stoke-on-Trent (known globally as the traditional home of ceramics) in England, Wade Ceramics have a well-deserved reputation as ceramic specialists, nationally and internationally.

The lead-free ceramic decanter that now proudly houses our latest whisky is 100% food safe, glazed inside and out, and embossed with the same lion and serpent design that appears on many of our glass bottles – look closely at the back and you’ll find the heart motif that inspired this whisky’s name!

Not only will 15 Year Old Viking Heart make a fantastic gift (for someone who loves Highland Park, loves whisky, or just loves you!) but the decanter also offers endless possibilities for creative upcycling projects. We put our team to the test and this is what they came up with…