Highland Park 50 Year Old
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Lot number: 092-3729
Winning bid: £20,000
Highland Park remains the most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland, although not by much, as it is little more than a stone's throw from fellow Orcadian, Scapa. Accounts of the distillery's genesis vary, and the truth is probably lost to the mists of time, but it is thought that a local farmer named David Robertson founded what we now know as Highland Park distillery in 1798, on the site of an illicit still operated by nefarious smuggler (and former priest) Magnus Eunson.
Since its introduction as a single malt in the late 1970s, the distillery has been awarded many plaudits, not least of which came from the late, great whisky writer Michael Jackson, who called it “the greatest all rounder in the world of whisky”. It's characteristic style coming from the use of Sherry casks, along with an often cited heathery sweetness imparted to the spirit by way of the distinct Orcadian peat used during the malting process.
A masterpiece in every sense, this ultra rare release from Highland Park is one of the most stunningly presented whiskies we have ever seen. To be fair, it really had to be, given the legendary status of the liquid contained within.
After discovering five rather special 1960 vintage Sherry casks in their warehouse, Highland Park decided to use a process of "cask harmonising" (essentially marrying the contents in additional refill sherry casks) in order to create the perfect dram.
The whisky is said to show all the complexity and rich fullness that one would expect from liquid that has been in the cask for 50 years, with tobacco, fruit and spices to the fore.
The jaw droppingly beautiful bottle is wrapped in a handcrafted silver cage designed by Maeve Gillies, an internationally-renowned Scottish jewellery maker, which celebrates the influence of the sea, wild weather and the passage of time, all of which have helped shape this remarkable whisky.
Age: 50 years old
Cask Type: Sherry Casks & "Cask Harmonised" in Refill Sherry Casks
44.8% ABV / 70cl
Bottle Number: One of only 275 bottles released.
Please note box and booklet are signed & minor wear to back of box.
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