An incredibly good whisky which was launched in 2011 for the travel retail market, Highland Park Leif Eriksson was released to celebrate the first European to reach America over a thousand years ago. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada.
They make this whisky in bourbon and American oak casks and the results are delicious.
The distillery was founded in 1798. The name of this whisky does not refer to the area of Scotland known as The Highlands, but rather to the fact that the distillery was founded on an area called 'High Park' distinguished from a lower area nearby. Highland Park is one of the few distilleries to malt its own barley, using locally cut peat from Hobbister Moor. The peat is mixed with heather before being used as fuel. The malt is peated and then mixed with unpeated malt produced on the Scottish mainland. In 1984, Highland Park was the only whisky ever to have scored a rating of 100% by the regular tasting team of The Scotsman, a national newspaper of Scotland. Whisky reviewer and expert Michael Jackson has called it "The greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky."
|The Edrington Group (Berry Bros)||1798||active||Link||Link|
|Bottling serie:||Duty Free|
|Strength:||40.0 % Vol.|
|Number of bottles:||13200|
|Cask Type:||American Oak|
Nose: Spicy and sweet, floral, perfumed and malty, vanilla fudge and oak. Applewood and chocolate orange.
Palate: Vanilla and nectarine, juicy fruit, popcorn and heather, a ting of gentle woodsmoke.
Finish: Demerara rum, nutmeg and spices, a touch of coffee and gentle woodsmoke.
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