Thursday, March 25, 2021


Highland Park, has today announced the launch of a new limited-edition 50 Year Old expression.

Highland Park 50 Year Old (43.8% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, created using nine refill casks originally laid down in 1968, which were married together in 2008, before then being re-racked into a handful of first-fill sherry seasoned oak casks.

Highland Park 50 Year Old

This latest release from the Orkney based distillery, which is only the third 50 Year Old it’s released in its 223 year history, is said to deliver notes of black cherries, muscovado sugar, peaches, dark chocolate, exotic spices, candied orange peel, roasted oak, ripe apricots, espresso coffee and light peat smoke.

Highland Park 50 Year Old, comes presented in a hand-made wooden box, crafted from walnut by Scottish Master Craftsman, John Galvin, the whisky is encased in an embossed heavy-weight glass bottle featuring a design inspired by the Norse heritage of their Orkney island home.

The presentation box also includes an intricately decorated hand-crafted crystal decanter and leather-bound book detailing the story of the 50 Year Old whisky.

Commenting on the launch, Gordon Motion, Highland Park, Master Whisky Maker, said: “This 50 Year Old whisky is one of our oldest and rarest releases and I’m very proud to have been a part of its journey. The whisky is spectacular, when I sampled the whisky from the re-racked casks, the whisky it contained – aged for a little over 50 years – had absorbed the rich sherried flavours of dried fruit and sweet toffee from its final first-fill cask maturation, but still retained all the delicate fragrance and flavours driven by the original refill casks.”

He went onto say: “I introduced a small quantity of this cask to some of our 2018 batch of 50 Year Old, which I’d held back specifically for this purpose, to create a further layer of depth and complexity. As the 2018 50 Year Old also contains some of our 2010 batch of 50 Year Old – our first in the series - this approach allows me to maintain the core DNA of our oldest Highland Park whisky through each extremely limited batch release.”

Limited to 274 bottles, Highland Park 50 Year Old, will be available later this month from specially selected specialist retailers, for a RRP of £20,000.00.

Posted by Steve Rush