Highland Park Distillery has launched Cask Strength Release No.1 Whisky. The new expression is set to be part of a new annual Cask Strength series that will be part of the Orkney-based brand’s core single malt Scotch range and will be available across the globe from September 2020.
Created to celebrate Whisky in its purest form, the Highland Park Cask Strength series will feature different flavor profiles and casks of different ages, though it also looks like the releases will not feature age statements. As the name implies, the new cask strength editions will be bottled straight from the barrel with no cutting of the proof.
To create Highland Park Cask Strength Release No. 1, whisky maker Gordon Motion married together casks that were predominantly Sherry seasoned American oak of varying ages. He focused on creating a balance of flavor that was indicative of the distillery’s style.
“A cask strength whisky is very much made the traditional way but it doesn’t have to be enjoyed so,” said Motion in a prepared statement. “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 form by bottling ‘straight from the cask’ but allowing you to choose the strength you want to drink this special single malt.”
On the nose, the Whisky features aromas of heather honey and freshly grated nutmeg. The palate delivers molten toffee-logfire and sun-ripened citrus fruit. The finish lingers with peat smoke.
Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1 will be bottled at 63.3% ABV and priced around $90 per 750 ml bottle. It can be purchased via a variety of specialty shop as well as Highland Park’s official web store.