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New Highland Park Travel Retail Collection


20th September 2018
The new Highland Park Travel Retail Collection, four new whiskies with clear age statements and bottling strengths which step up as you move through the range.

Highland Park Travel Retail Collection - Highland Park Spirit Of The Bear, 14, 16 and 18 Year old Travel Edition

The recently launched new Highland Park travel retail collection is a collection of four new whiskies from the Orkney distillery which, I am sure you will be pleased to hear, see's the re-introduction of a clear age statement to the travel retail range.

The creation of the new range is the work of Highland Park's Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion, each expression in the new travel retail line-up is said to showcase different aspects of Highland Park's distinctive flavour profile and natural, cask driven colour.

The entry level whisky in the new travel retail line-up is the only whisky in the line-up without an age statement, the Highland Park Spirit Of The Bear which has been primarily matured in sherry seasoned American Oak casks and bottled at 40% ABV. The Spirit Of The Bear is described by the distillery as having an intense aromatic smokiness which is driven by their unique, woodless Orcadian peat, cut by hand from Hobbister Moor, only seven miles from the distillery.

The second expression in the series is the Highland Park 14 Year Old Loyalty of the Wolf which has matured in a combination of sherry-seasoned American oak casks and ex-Bourbon casks and has been bottled at 42.3% ABV. The Loyalty of the Wolf is described by the distillery as being a sweet complex whisky, displaying a fine balance of contrasting flavours.

At the heart of the new range is the Highland Park 16 Year Old Wings Of The Eagle which is a combination of whiskies matured in both sherry seasoned European and American Oak casks and has been bottled at 44.5% ABV. Wings Of The Eagle is described by the distillery as being a spicy and elegant whisky, with layers of flavour derived from the combination of casks which it spent 16 year maturing in.

Sitting at the top of the range is the Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel Edition which has matured primarily in sherry seasoned European Oak casks. This is simply a higher strength version of the outstanding Highland Park 18 Year Old available in the domestic market. The special Highland Park 18 Travel Edition has been bottled at its marrying strength, 46% ABV.

The new whiskies names and new look packaging has once again taken its inspiration from the distillery's Orcadian roots and Viking ancestry, with three of the new expressions being named for animals which held iconic status for the Vikings.

The new Highland Park Travel Retail exclusive collection aims to deliver a step change in the new ranges direction, with the age and bottling strength stepping up as you move through the range. Follow the links below for my review of each of the new whiskies.

Look out for the new  Highland Park Travel Retail exclusive collection next time you are passing through the airport but if you have no plans to travel in the near future you will find the current Highland Park domestic core range as well as some limited edition releases available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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