Orkney’s Highland Park distillery has unveiled the oldest ever island single malt whisky.
275 bottles of the 50 year old spirit have been produced and will launch exclusively to Harrods, before being sold nationally and globally by specialist retailers.
Each bottle will be encased in an intricate amulet of hand-crafted Sterling silver, created by Scottish jewellery designer Maeve Gillies and these have to be the most beautiful bottles in the world. Maeve Gillies is an internationally renowned designer of engagement rings and bridal jewellery based in New York. Maeve is also a ‘Global Scot’, a business ambassador for Scotland. Her design for Highland Park 50 Year Old celebrates Orkney; in particular the influence of the sea, wild weather and the passage of time.
The front of the bottle will also bear a circular piece of Orkney sandstone hand carved with the Highland Park logo.
For anybody who has the nerve to open the bottle and drink the whisky, a sterling silver replica of the St Magnus Cathedral rose window will be revealed as the bottle empties.
The special 50 year old Highland Park bottling is a vatting of five casks distilled in 1960. Like all Highland Park, the 50 year old has been cask-harmonised, that is to say, refilled into casks upon reaching maturity in order to ensure perfect balance and consistency.
To ensure the full impact of the rich, complex flavours that come from a lifetime of maturation, Highland Park 50 Year Old has been bottled at 44.8% abv.
Available to purchase from the Highland Park online shop 5th October 2010.