Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
THE DARK is the first of two special editions honoring the seasons on Orkney and their profound influence on Highland Park's legendary flavor profile. THE DARK is a fitting tribute of the dark long nights of winter that blanket the island every year. Its rich and deep flavor is the result of 17 years of maturation in first-fill sherry-seasoned European oak casks. Winner of the Double Gold Medal and Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch 13-19 Years at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Limited quantities available.
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Situated in the Orkney archipelago in Northern Scotland, Highland Park Distillery was founded in 1798 by Magnus Eunson. The name of the distillery is derived not from the region of Scotland known as The Highlands — the Orkney islands are not a part of The Highlands — but rather from the region known as High Park, where the distillery was founded. Highland Park is an incredible longstanding whisky house, and they pride themselves on their rich Norse heritage, an essence which is reflected in their craft. Today, over two centuries after its founding, Highland Park Distillery remains one of the few Scottish distilleries that continues to hand-turn, malt, and peat its own barley. "You have to be careful here on the malting floor," says Eric Tait, Highland Park's Maltman. "You find it can get a wee bit slippery underneath. I have to turn the malt every eight hours to prevent the roots getting tangled and to get it all aerated properly. The airing also helps it to grow. The malt will be on the floor for seven days, and I'm running five floors at the moment." After malting the barley, Highland Park Distillery smokes it using peat sourced from Hobbister Moor, a peat bog located approximately seven miles from the distillery. Hobbister Moor peat is sourced from floral heather bushes, which burn hotter and cleaner than the grassy peats of Islay. Also, the peat sourced from Hobbister Moor has greater derivatives of carbohydrates and a lower concentration of lignin than peat from Islay, giving Highland Park's peat a unique chemical fingerprint. The peat sourced from Hobbister Moor is "absolutely fundamental in understanding the flavor of Highland Park Whisky," says Russell Anderson, the distillery manager. Together with Orkney's unique environment (the temperate, moist climate of the archipelago results in an even maturation process), the peat gives Highland Park Whisky its traditional malty flavors that are tempered by just a subtle touch of smoke. THE DARK is the latest special edition from Highland Park. This 17 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky has been exclusively matured in first-fill European oak sherry seasoned casks, delivering a distinctly deep flavor, packed with dried fruits, nuts and spices overlaid with hints of smoky peat. Pick up your bottle today!
|Proof||105.8 (52.9% ABV)|
|Distiller/Bottler Name||Highland Park Distillery|
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Light peat smoke, with notes of dried fruits, cinnamon, toasted almonds and fruitcake.
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