When it comes to whisky, Highland Park is one of Speyside’s most coveted drops, and collectors and imbibers the world over are devoted fans of the delicious single malt for its rich and smooth palate, whichever the age statement. Here, however, is something truly special.
The Highland Park 50 Year Old is the oldest release for the company in eight years. Limited to only 274 bottles, this particular single malt whisky was discovered in the back of a warehouse in 2008, where it had sat since 1964. Drawn from two ex-Sherry hogshead casks which were then combined and married, a small amount of Highland Park’s 50-year-old release from 2010 was then added, then left to age another eight years. This particular expression was bottled at 42.5 percent, with each bottle signed and numbered by Highland Park’s Master Distiller, Max McFarlane.
The final liquid has been non-chill-filtered, and is of course free of any artificial colours, keeping this tasty dram completely original and unadulterated (is there any other way?). The flavour is described as being: “Sweet at first, with notes of ripe black cherries and muscovado sugar, giving way to dried autumn fruits and warm, toasted wood.”
Highland Park 50 Year Old comes nestled in an oak box made by Scottish Designer and master craftsman John Galvin, with a crystal decanter and a leather book that chronicles the extremely old whisky’s development. Such a presentation is necessary, considering the investment you’ll be asked to make for a bottle of your own—this bad boy is priced at USD$15,000 a bottle.