Highland Park reveals The Dark before The Light

13 December, 2017

Highland Park has released a new 17 year-old single malt called The Dark, which will be followed by the launch of The Light early next year.

The Dark whisky has been matured in European oak sherry seasoned casks, delivering a deep flavour packed with dried fruits, nuts and spices, overlaid with hints of smoky peat, according to the company.

The whisky has been inspired by the autumn and winter seasons on Orkney. The company said: “A time to escape from the wild weather outside, friends and family can seek refuge indoors and enjoy each others’ company over a dram or two”.

The Dark (rsp: £190) is available from the Whisky Shop and The Whisky Exchange.

Jason R Craig, brand director, said: “The Dark is the first of two special editions – The Light will be launched in spring 2018. Both editions share the story of the contrasting seasons of our Orkney islands and the resulting intense balance of Highland Park whisky.”

The Dark is presented in jet black bespoke glass; the serpent dragon embossed on the front takes its inspiration from Viking stories. The Dark and The Light are written in runic writing on the serpent dragon’s tail and on the oak cradle – celebrating the island’s Viking ancestry. The back of the glass bottle has ‘Made with Pride on Orkney’ embossed. 




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