Highland Park is launching The Light, a 17-year-old single malt that has been aged exclusively in American oak casks, in celebration of spring and summer.
It delivers sweet flavours of nutmeg and vanilla alongside the distinctive heather peat for which the Orkney distillery is renowned. It is bottled at 52.9% ABV and, in retail, has a recommended price of £190 for 70cl.
The new whisky is said to reflect the spring and summer seasons on the Scottish island and celebrates “a time to emerge from winter hibernation, ready to embrace the warm, bright days of summer”.
It is the second and final in a series, after the launch of The Dark last year, which in turn represented autumn and winter. Only 28,000 bottles have been produced of each of them. Highland Park is distributed in Britain by Edrington Beam Suntory UK.
Jason Craig, brand director for Highland Park, said: “In both The Light and The Dark, we share the story of the noble Viking warriors who are our ancestors, of our contrasting island seasons and of the intense balance of our whisky.
“Our award-winning whiskies deliver flavours of smoky sweetness that’s the product of our climate and our craftsmanship – our own continuous cycle.”
The Light is presented in a pale green bespoke glass, with the serpent dragon on the front paying homage to Orkney’s Viking heritage.
Tasting notes from Highland Park
Appearance: Light golden (colour tint 7.2). Natural cask-driven character with no additives.
Flavours: Caramelised pear, nutmeg, vanilla, cedar wood, oak, light peat smoke.