MONTROSE & SONS, HIGHLAND PARK 13-YEAR SINGLE CASK, SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

 

ORKNEY ISLANDS, SCOTLAND

 

 

Looks like the crew at Montrose & Sons has another hit on its hands.
 

These savvy independent bottlers have made it their mission to partner with estimable producers and bring a particular expression, or even just a particular label, to wider attention, and it is a welcome and wonderful thing that they have now chosen to feature Highland Park. With this limited edition, single cask release—just 204 bottles—we are shown yet again the power and beauty of their craft.
 

Stationed on the lovely, windswept island of Orkney, Highland Park is one of Scotland’s most beloved and most decorated distilleries. Its many honors over the years include a perfect rating of 100 for a 25-year single malt at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge—an extreme rarity in the world of Scotch. One of America's leading authorities on distilled spirits, F. Paul Pacult, has singled out a Highland Park whisky as "The Best Spirit in the World" not once, but three times. In whisky auction sales, this venerable Scotch producer trails only its sister distillery, The Macallan.
 

You'll understand the love when you pour your first finger of this 13-year-old (which, we hasten to add, is decidedly more balanced and mature than the other kind of 13-year-old).
 

On the nose, you'll find notes of hay, citrus zest, white grape, and orange blossom—imagine, if you will, a late-summer traipse through the garden. This is not a particularly peaty Scotch, but there is unmistakable earthiness and salt.
 

Your introductory sip will impress you, first, with its remarkable freshness, followed by an unfolding weave of flavors: grain, orange zest, hay, marzipan.
 

The finish is long, but not overly so, and provides a welcome hint of bitterness and spice to balance the sweetish sherry notes.
 

Just expert craftsmanship, through and through. You'll luxuriate it in the way you do a bespoke suit or a pair of custom-made shoes.
 

Act now, and add it to your collection—and/or earmark it for those long nights by the fire this winter. If you have a dog by your side, then perfect: that'll make two trusted companions.

 

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