Highland Park 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
"The Best Spirit in the world"
F Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal; June 2005
At Highland Park we insist on an uncompromising approach to whisky-making. We're one of only a handful of distilleries that slowly malts its barley on the stone floor, physically turning it by hand for a more balanced flavour. Next, we smoke it over local Aromatic Peat, hand-cut from Hobbister Moor to bring a unique fragrant heather character to the whisky. Then it's placed into oak casks - not just your usual bourbon casks though- Sherry Oak Casks from Spain that cost ten times as much, but bring a priceless natural colour and flavour to our whisky.
Then comes the hardest part: leaving it be for 18 or more years to mature in the consistently cool ORCADIAN air and even when it's ready, we're not. We choose and combine our best casks, then leave them to settle and HARMONISE for that little bit longer to deliver our complex whisky. The result has been named "THE BEST SPIRIT IN THE WORLD". Uniquely smooth and balanced, it has a rich TOFFEE SWEETNESS and a long mouthwatering smokey finish. It's the kind of dram you long for when you've worked as hard as us.
AGED 18 YEARS
ENJOY THE PERFECT GLASS OF HIGHLAND PARK
First, hold your glass to the light to enjoy the burnished GOLD glow, then tilt and rotate it to see the beads of whisky appear on the inside of the glass. The smaller they are, the higher the alcohol strength, and the slower they fall, the better the spirit quality.
Next, add a drop of water and take three long sniffs. The first just gets your nose used to the alcohol, but in the second, you'll discover our characteristic toffee sweetness, and in the THIRD, an almond nuttiness reminiscent of marzipan.
Now, taste the whisky by CHEWING it in your mouth for 4 or 5 seconds, then swallow. The sides of your tongue will tingle and after a few seconds your mouth will go dry, then water again - a unique characteristic of this great spirit. Adding more water to this whisky prolongs it's FULL SMOKEY FINISH