Heav­enly Tip­ple

Hong Kong Tatler - - Highland Park -

The latest out­stand­ing bot­tling from High­land Park’s se­ries that is named af­ter Norse Gods was inspired by Odin, the most pow­er­ful of all in the pan­theon of Norse gods. But in truth, the renowned Orkney dis­tillery and sin­gle malt whisky brand has been op­er­at­ing on a dif­fer­ent plane from ev­ery­one else for a while now—and con­sis­tently pro­duces whiskies that rep­re­sent a lit­tle slice of heaven, Val­halla or the par­adise of your choice.

High­land Park was es­tab­lished in 1798 on Orkney, just off the north coast of Scot­land, by lo­cal char­ac­ter Mag­nus Eun­son, who was a church­man and butcher by day and a smug­gler by night. The com­pany has over the in­ter­ven­ing two cen­turies per­fected the art of whisky dis­till­ing. Orig­i­nally, the com­pany fo­cused on mak­ing whiskies to be used in blends sold un­der other names; it emerged as a name in its own right in the late 1970s and has since be­come one of the most re­spected spirit brands in the world. Its range of pre­mium aged ex­pres­sions con­sis­tently win top in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades and the af­fec­tions of the most dis­cern­ing drinkers. Not a drop of whisky is ever re­leased un­der the High­land Park name that hasn’t been ma­tured to per­fec­tion.

The High­land Park dis­tillery, the north­ern­most dis­tillery in Scot­land, is si­t­u­ated just out­side the Or­ca­dian cap­i­tal of Kirk­wall. The Orkneys, con­tin­u­ously in­hab­ited for more than 5,500 years, pro­vide a suit­ably in­spir­ing en­vi­ron­ment

Odin is the fourth and fi­nal bot­tling in High­land Park’s Val­halla Col­lec­tion and will

be avail­able in Hong Kong in Novem­ber

for this most pre­cious of spir­its, its stun­ning, for­mi­da­ble scenery blend­ing with both Celtic and Scan­di­na­vian cul­tural in­flu­ences. High­land Park rep­re­sents the spirit of these is­lands and sees it­self as the cus­to­dian of the area’s whisky-mak­ing tra­di­tions. It rarely makes any changes to its pro­duc­tion pro­cesses, un­less such fine-tun­ings di­rectly ben­e­fit the flavour of the whisky.

Many of those time-hon­oured pro­cesses are unique to High­land Park. The dis­tillery is one of the few to hand-malt its own bar­ley, us­ing lo­cal peat mixed with heather, help­ing to give the whisky its suc­cu­lent, aro­matic, smoky char­ac­ter. Even­paced, cool mat­u­ra­tion adds smooth­ness, while the ex­clu­sive use of sherry-sea­soned Span­ish and Amer­i­can oak casks, in con­trast to the bour­bon bar­rels used by many oth­ers to make whiskies, brings ex­tra rich­ness and com­plex­ity to the party.

The re­sult­ing sin­gle malt whiskies come in an ever-grow­ing range of pre­mium bot­tlings. The orig­i­nal among them was the High­land Park 12 Year Old, which fea­tures rich, bal­anced malty tones with sub­tle flo­ral smoke. High­land Park Dark Ori­gins, inspired by Eun­son’s re­bel­lious

Grand fi­nale

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