Highland Park Ice Edition
Peated Single Malt
Highland Park // Islands, Scotland
Located on one of the northern-most isles in Scotland, Highland Park has always emphasized its connection the Norse warriors who annexed and settled the islands in 875 AD. Taken back by the Scottish in 1472, HP has never seemed to get over being part of Scotland again, but it has produced some of the best single malts in Scotch history. Released in March 2016, The Ice Edition (soon to be followed by the Fire Edition) hearkens back to Orkney's Norse roots. In Norse mythology, the world of ice (Niflheim) and the world of fire (Muspellsheim) were the first realms of the Vikings' universe. Hence, these realms hold a central place in creation itself. There are nine realms in total, which might imply eight more bottlings in this series. The Ice Edition is primarily aged in ex-bourbon casks, breaking from the distillery's tradition of sherry-maturation. Aged for seventeen years, and bottled at 53.9% ABV. Only 30,000 bottles will be released.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
"That familiar Highland Park peatiness immediately makes you feel at home. There is a tropical fruitiness but also melons, honeysuckle and a creaminess on the nose. The palate really brightens up with vanilla cake, honey and a crispness while the smokiness slips and slides. The finish is soft with touches of wintergreen mint and ginger ale and just the right amount of spice."