The Scottish distillery known as Highland Park, based on somewhat remote Orkney, has debuted the latest iteration of its cask strength style expression. Known as Cask Strength Release No. 3, it has been created by bringing together dozens of single casks.
Cask Strength Release No.3, it was noted by the brand, “uses whisky made with a higher proportion of Orkney peated malt resulting in a smokier style compared to the other single malts in the series. It has been matured predominantly in first-fill sherry seasoned American and European oak casks and a small quantity of refill casks.
“The result is an extraordinary combination of contrasting yet perfectly balanced flavours of charred oak, tropical fruits, aniseed, heather honey, vanilla cream, aromatic violet, sponge cake and peat smoke.”
“With Cask Strength,” said Highland Park, Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion, in a prepared statement, “you are at a great place to start exploring the taste that best suits your palate by adding water, ice or your preferred serve. It’s your whisky and should be enjoyed your way.
“For me, a Cask Strength whisky really celebrates that balance between old and new and I look forward to seeing how consumers enjoy the new whisky.”
The whisky which is at full strength and straight from the cask, has only been gently filtered before bottling. Like its siblings, the releases within the Cask Strength range share the same underlying character but with each batch featuring different flavours coming to the fore based on the cask make-up. The ABV will also vary from batch to batch.
Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.3 is available globally starting this month, pricing at £65. Prices in other markets may vary.
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