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Tag: Islands Whisky

Highland Park Valkyrie & New Viking Soul Packaging

  • Highland Park launches new Viking Soul packaging for their 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old core range
  • New Highland Park Valkyrie, made with around 50% fully peated stock, to replace Highland Park Dark Origins
  • 100% bourbon cask matured Highland Park FULL VOLUME to replace Highland Park 15 Year Old
  • At a global launch that took place in Denmark, Highland Park recently introduced new packaging that will be rolled out across their core range, their new brand positioning as “The Orkney single malt with Viking Soul” and further special editions. Nods to Norse mythology have, of course, been commonplace from the distillery for many years, but now that they’ve gone ‘full Viking’ let’s delve a little deeper into what it’s all about and what (if anything) this all means for the celebrated distillery’s beloved whisky.
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    Whisky Advent Day 20: Jura Elixir 12 Year Old

    Whisky Advent Calendar

    After all the excitement of yesterday, you may be in need of a pick-me-up. Some kind of elixir, perhaps? Well, Jura believe they have just the thing with their second contribution to Drinks by the Dram The Whisky Advent Calendar, this time carrying an age statement (the youngest whisky used is at least 12 year old).

    Elixir seems an appropriate name for a scotch single malt whisky, a word that comes from ‘uisge beatha’ or ‘water of life’. There’s even a gravestone on Jura that suggest that one local man lived to see 180 Christmases! Local folklore credits the island’s water, which was blessed by St. Columba nearly 1,500 years ago, for helping the inhabitants live long and healthy lives. Then again, perhaps it was just a ‘typo’… (Engrave-o? Monumental masonro?)

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    We’re Indie Islands Bottler & Grain Bottler of the Year!

    Independent-Bottlers-Challenge

    After being named Highland Independent Bottler of the Year in 2014 at Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers’ Challenge, we’re extremely proud to announce that for 2015 Master of Malt have picked up two overall category wins, being named:

    Islands Independent Bottler of the Year 2015
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    Grain Independent Bottler of the Year 2015

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    Highland Park Dark Origins

    Highland Park Dark Origins

    When we received an invite to the launch of a new core Highland Park expression, we were naturally quite excited. The invite said that we were to be taken into the darkness for a whisky “dark by nature and character”. Having recently released our own Darkness! range we had a pretty good idea what this meant. (Hint: yummy Sherry!)

    What amused us about the invite, however, was that there was a hooded chap printed in the background that looked suspiciously like the protagonist from the ’90s computer game ‘Thief: The Dark Project’ (emphasis added). Apparently it’s actually supposed to be Magnus Eunson, the butcher/church official by day, legendary whisky smuggler/illicit distiller by night of Highland Park foundation myth (dating back to 1798). Indeed, whilst other whiskies may have adopted the dark, we’re told that the Orkney single malt was very much born in it. BaneCat would be suitably impressed.

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    Five New Boutique-ys Including a Bruichladdich

    Glen Grant, Glenrothes, Bruichladdich, Linkwood, Blended Whisky #1 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

    Well these have certainly been a wee while coming, but all good things, etc…

    Truth is, I’ve sort of forgotten that any other type of whisky other than ‘peated’ exists given our recent exploits, but looking back at these labels reminds me that yes. They do indeed exist, and if memory serves, many of them are delicious.

    Let’s start with the very first Blended Whisky ever produced by That Boutique-y Whisky Company; Blended Whisky Number One.

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    That Boutique-y Whisky Company is back. 4 more belters in time for Christmas.

    That Boutique-y Whisky Company Strathmill, Ledaig, Ben Nevis and Macduff

    42. I’ll save you the trouble of counting.

    Turns out that it’s not only the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, but is also the number of releases from That Boutique-y Whisky Company to date.

    I’m pleased to say that numbers 39-42 are as fabulous as those that preceded them, and am delighted to reveal that we’ve got yet another 4 releases to come before the end of the year (including time-travelling barmen, and an absolute belter of an Islay that’s something of an exclusive).

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