Viking heritage inspires new Highland Park limited edition

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A new limited-edition single malt has been launched by Highland Park, inspired by the Viking roots of the brand’s Orkney home.

The 17-year-old Highland Park Ice Edition has been aged predominantly in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 53.9% ABV. Limited globally to only 30,000 bottles, it is the first in a series that will be followed by Fire Edition in 2017.

The whisky comes in a striking blue-tinted bespoke glass bottle, inspired by glittering ice. It is encased in a stunning mountain-shaped wooden cradle with accompanying wooden stopper.

The intricate circle design on the label itself represents the circle of life – the creation of the world, protected by a dragon, a mythical creature often central in classic Norse mythology.

A booklet accompanying the whisky recounts the story of the realm of the Ice Giants and their battle against the gods to rule the world. In retail, it has a recommended price of £190.

Highland Park’s brand director Jason R Craig said: “This 17-year-old single malt has a classic Highland Park flavour. The dynamic soft spicy notes complement and intertwine with creamy vanilla hues, providing a balanced, long finish – a truly harmonious whisky to savour.

“In blue-tinted bespoke glass reflecting dazzling and glittering ice, the bottle shape has been designed to evoke the distinctive sharpness and coolness of the mythical and magical Ice Realm.”

Distributed by Maxxium UK, Highland Park Ice Edition won the Chairman’s Trophy, with a score of 99 out of 100, in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) this month.

It follows the distillery’s Valhalla Collection which championed the stories of four legendary gods to be found in Asgard: Thor, Loki, Freya and Odin.

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