Whisky Focus - Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart Review

Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart

24th September 2021
Highland Park add a 15 year old expression to their permanent core range.

Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking HeartHighland Park has added a new permanent 15 Year Old expression to their core range.

The new Highland Park 15 Year Old is the creative work of Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion, the 15 Year Old contains a high percentage of first-fill European oak sherry seasoned casks which delivers a warm, dry spicy note whilst first-fill American oak sherry seasoned casks back this up with notes of vanilla and crème brûlée. A small proportion of refill casks allow the DNA of Highland Park whisky to shine through, namely its gentle heather peat and lightly fruity character.

The new Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart expression will be available globally from this month. Presented in a heavily embossed creamy white ceramic bottle which has been created in partnership with renowned specialists UK based Wade Ceramics; the inspiration of which, came from ancient earthenware vessels which the whisky would have been stored a century or two ago at the distillery.

Gordon Motion, Highland Park, Master Whisky Maker, said: "Our insistence on specially constructed sherry casks delivers a richness of flavour. Vanilla and citrus notes lead and combine with the unique fragrant peat and creamy mouthfeel synonymous with Highland Park. The hand selection of quality first-fill and refill casks for Highland Park 15 Year Old delivers a rich colour which is 100% natural."

The Highland Park fans amongst you will recall a few different Highland Park 15 year old expressions over the years, in the early 2000's there was 15 Year Old core range expression launched, it was smoky and spicy but never had the high quality of the 12 and 18 year old expressions of that time and was dropped from the range and over the years there have been a few limited edition HP expressions bottled at 15 years, one outstanding HP 15 which I recall was the Highland Park Loki. This new Highland Park 15 Year Old is bottled at 44% ABV and has a RRP of £80, I haven't had a chance to taste it so I cannot comment on its quality but hopefully they have produced something worthy of the asking price.

Highland Park 15 Year Old will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, Amazon and Master of Malt

Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Natural cask driven colour, light golden, clear and bright.

Nose/Taste: Aromas of charred cinnamon shards, mellow smoke from Orkney’s unique heather peat; warm vanilla sponge cake, sun-kissed lemon zest, fresh pineapple, and rich heather honey

Finish: A complex and rich finish lingers with a gentle aromatic peat smoke.

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