Whisky Focus - Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1 Review

Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1

1st October 2020
Highland Park add a new permanent Cask Strength expression to their core range.

Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1Highland Park has announced the addition of the first ever cask strength expression to their core range, the Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1

The new Highland Park Cask Strength is a marriage of first fill American oak ex-sherry and refill casks of various ages which have been hand selected by Highland Park's Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion.

The inaugural Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1 has been bottled at a married, and surely flavoursome, cask strength of 63.3% ABV, this figure will obviously change from one release to the next as, I am pleased to say, the new whisky has been bottled 100% in its natural state as it came from the cask, no added water, naturally coloured and non chill-filtered.

I am told that the reason Gordon Motion selected and married together predominantly sherry seasoned American oak casks of different ages was to create a harmonious balance of flavour in the classic Highland Park style.

Gordon commented on the new expression, saying: "A cask strength whisky is very much made the traditional way but it doesn’t have to be enjoyed so. Its full flavour allows you the control to discover the taste and strength that appeals to your palate by adding ice or water according to your preference.

"I want to give everyone who loves Highland Park the chance to experience our single malt whisky in its purest from by bottling ‘straight from the cask’ but allowing you to choose the strength you want to drink this special single malt."

I haven't yet had the pleasure of the new Highland Park Cask Strength but I have had the pleasure of a few independent bottlings of Highland Park cask strength expressions in the past which have been outstanding so here is hoping that Gordon has selected some good sherry casks for this new permanent addition to the Highland Park line-up and the great thing about an expression like this is that it will naturally vary slightly in strength and flavour from one release to the next dependent on the marriage of casks in each batch.

The new Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1 which has a RRP of £60 has already started to roll out globally is now available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1 Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Naturally warm and golden colour

Nose: Heather honey, freshly grated nutmeg.

Taste: Molten toffee-logfire, Sun-ripened citrus fruit.

Finish: Lingering peat smoke.

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