Highland Park launches £39,000 54 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky

Highland Park Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion looks at his 54 year old single malt

With only 225 bottles released, each priced at an uncompromising £39,000,  Highland Park’s celebratory 54 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky is destined to become one of the world’s most exclusive tipples.

Created by Highland Park Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion, the ultra rare release is available from today, ahead of the distillery’s 225th anniversary.

Originally laid down in 1968, four refill butts and six refill hogsheads were combined in February 2008 and refilled into first fill European sherry butts, where the whisky continued to mature. The final 14 years of maturation took place in ex-sherry casks, giving an additional intensity and deep, rich, autumnal hue to the whisky.  

Tasting notes speak of exotic lychee and camphor, vintage oak and delicate peat on the nose, and a hint of kiwi fruit and pistachio on the palate. Sweet and spicy at the end, woody notes give way to a lingering whisper of sweet herbs and heathery peat smoke. ABV is 46.9%.

The final 14 years of maturation took place in ex-sherry casks, giving an additional intensity…

The Highland Park 54 Year Old liquid comes in a bespoke embossed 700ml bottle, cocooned in a presentation box crafted from fine Scottish oak wood.

Designed by award-winning craftsperson John Galvin, the box is sculpted to represent the cliffs of Yesnaby in Orkney. Each piece of wood is hand-blasted, and every box is unique with variations in colour.

Each bottle is accompanied by an invitation for the buyer to attend a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Orkney.

Gordon Motion, Highland Park Master Whisky Maker, said: “This exceptionally rare 54 Year Old single malt Scotch Whisky has been nurtured through careful maturation and harmonisation. Representing a quarter of Highland Park’s life, we felt it was a fitting way to mark our 225th anniversary; born and crafted in the heart of Orkney.”

Highland Park 54 Year Old Scotch whisky is available in the UK from The Whisky Shop.

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