Highland Park Ice

Highland Park Ice

(0.7l, 53.9%)


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Ice, ice, maybe?

Situated on the island of Orkney to the west of Kirkwall, Highland Park is the most northern distillery in Scotland. Legend has it that it was founded by Magnus Eunson in the late 18th century—one of many Orcadian smugglers and illicit Whisky producers who rebelled against the heavy excise duties imposed to finance the war with Napoleon.

Many people think that “Highland Park” means that this is a Highland Whisky, but it’s not. The distillery gets its name for a city district on the island. It is one of the few distilleries to use hard water and traditional floor maltings on site, which are then dried over a fire of peat from Hobbister Moor mixed with local heather—the national flower of Scotland. This is the source of the floral smokiness that is characteristic of Highland Park Whiskies.

When it comes to developing new expressions, the distillery often turns to Nordic mythology for inspiration. Highland Park Ice is no different, since it honours the Ice Realm of Niflheim. Just by looking at the bottle, you can get the feeling that this is a special edition. The blue glazed glass bottle comes in a wooden cradle which resembles a mountain and is accompanied by a leaflet that tells the story of the mythical and magical Ice Realm. It’s cool in more ways than one.

By selecting Whisky that has only been matured in ex-Bourbon casks (contrary to the use of ex-Sherry casks they usually prefer), the distillery has taken an alternative route with this 17 year old limited edition. Bottled at cask strength (53,9% ABV) and packing plenty of peaty punch, this spirit would make Thor tremble.

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Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Very bright gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Mango, ginger, mint

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Peat, vanilla, cinnamon

A complex balance of sweetness and spice
Ratings & Reviews
I am giving it high marks for the flavor and not for value. This is an expensive bottle and the flavor is superb but it doesn't really match the price. There isn't much body to the liquid (a light mouthfeel) but it is complex and doesn't hang on one note the entire time. It has a lingering finish that is not strong but enjoyable. I'll have to add some flavor notes next time I open the bottle.
Definitely not worth its price, it was a mean bugger, lots of spice but no depth and no significant Highland Park persona. I’m glad I got to try it, so that I didn’t buy this bottle, because I wouldn’t pay more for this than the 18/16-year olds. Disappointed.
Love Highlandpark
Perhaps the best whisky I have tasted in years. Highland Park has done this right.😬
I like the taste
Ít´s a good Whisky!
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