The Orkney-based distillery Highland Park has introduced a cask strength edition, Highland Park Cask Strength Release No. 1.
Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion selected and married together predominantly sherry seasoned American oak casks of different ages to create this whisky.
“A cask strength whisky is very much made the traditional way but it doesn’t have to be enjoyed so,” Motion says. “Its full flavor 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 form by bottling ‘straight from the cask’, but allowing you to choose the strength you want to drink this special single malt.”
On the nose of Highland Park Cask Strength Release No. 1 is heather honey and nutmeg, the company reports. The palate brings toffee-logfire, and citrus fruit, before a finish of peat smoke.
This whisky is the first in a planned line of batch releases. Each batch will share the same underlying character in the whisky, but showcase different flavors based on the cask makeup.
Available now globally, Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1 has a suggested retail price of $90 per 750-ml. bottle.