Highland Park 15yr Viking Heart Scotch
To create 15 Year Old Viking Heart, Gordon Motion, Highland Park's Master Whisky Maker, selected predominantly sherry seasoned European oak casks to deliver warm, spicy notes and sherry seasoned American oak casks to provide a balance of sweet vanilla. Expertly adding just a few refill casks to soften and smooth the flavors, Gordon chose to bottle at 44% ABV to allow the whisky’s vibrant fruitiness and distinctive heathery peat smoke to shine through.
Why a ceramic decanter? Rewind a century or two and Highland Park's whisky would have been stored in earthenware vessels. Inspired by examples found at Highland Park's distillery in Orkney, the company asked Wade Ceramics if they could create a modern version. Established in 1810 and based in Stoke-on-Trent in England (known globally as the traditional home of ceramics) Wade shares Highland Park's commitment to environmental responsibility, focusing on sustainable manufacturing and using locally sourced raw materials. The lead-free porcelain decanter is 100% food safe, glazed inside and out, and embossed with the lion and serpent design that appears on many of the distillery's glass bottles. Look closely at the back of the bottle and you’ll find the heart motif that inspired this whisky’s name.
This is a wonderfully rich and complex single malt. Opening with rich and spicy aromas of crème brulee, heather honey and crumbled cinnamon, intensely fruity notes follow - fresh pineapple dressed with a scattering of sun-kissed lemon zest. There’s a hint of freshly-baked sponge cake too, warm from the oven, and you’ll find cinnamon again, but toasted shards this time. Citrus and vanilla notes linger in the aromatic waves of peat smoke.
Light golden, clear and bright
Toasted cinnamon shards, Mellow peat smoke, Warm vanilla sponge cake, Sun-kissed lemon zest, Fresh pineapple, Heather-rich honey