Whether it’s your dad, your grandad, your father-in-law, your favourite uncle or another fabulous father figure who deserves some recognition, we’ve taken inspiration from four of the heroes in our own Highland Park single malt family for our gifting guide. We hope our suggestions will help you decide which of our heroes is right for yours – and remember, delivery is FREE on all orders over £80 – just make sure you order in plenty of time.
Whether you’re managing to spend time with your Dad in person, or via a video call, we’ve put together a whole bundle of ideas to help you to create a day to remember. We hope you’ll enjoy giving and sharing Highland Park this Father’s Day and we’d love you to tag us on Instagram or Facebook and include us in your story.
10 Year Old Viking Scars
Thanks to the mellow influence of the sherry seasoned American oak casks that we use to mature Viking Scars, the predominant flavours here are crushed citrus fruit and lightly whipped vanilla cream. You’ll detect hints of heather honey in the aromatic peat smoke and just a trace of peppery spices too. We think there’s a real suggestion of summer in this vibrant and smooth single malt so it’s the perfect gift for a summer celebration like Father’s Day. Delicious with pan-fried scallops wrapped in bacon, if the weather’s kind and you manage to spark up the BBQ, why not try it with our Sweet Salty Crunch recipe from last autumn?
12 Year Old Viking Honour
Predominantly aged in sherry seasoned European and American oak casks, our classic 12 Year Old is packed with the flavours of honey-drenched oranges, winter-spiced fruitcake and floral peat smoke. We often refer to this whisky as the heart and soul of Highland Park so wouldn’t it be the ideal gift for a Dad who’s the heart and soul of the family? Intensely balanced, spicy and well-rounded (we’re talking the whisky now, rather than your Dad), it bears all the hallmarks of our inimitable sweet-smoky flavour profile. But more than that, it reflects the pride, honour and fierce independence that goes into our whisky-making, attributes we’ve inherited from our Viking forefathers who ruled Orkney many centuries ago.
18 Year Old Viking Pride
Bursting with the flavours of ripe cherries, bitter dark cocoa, fresh honeycomb and salted peat smoke, our 18 Year Old is full-bodied yet refined. It’s loved across the globe for its unique flavour profile, driven by the high ratio of first-fill sherry seasoned European and American oak casks that we use. The most consistently and highly awarded of our whiskies, in 2020, it received gold medals in both the International Spirits Challenge and The Scotch Whisky Masters and, in 2019 and 2018, was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy for Best Island Malt in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. One of the great heroes in our whisky family, we think 18 year Old Viking Pride would make a wonderful gift for the great hero in your family.
21 Year Old Editions
We release our 21 Year Old in small batches. Each batch shares the same underlying characteristics but also reveals different flavours coming to the fore, reflecting the influence of the casks that Gordon Motion, our Master Whisky Maker, has chosen for each batch. For a very limited period, we have our most recent release in stock along with a few remaining bottles from our two previous releases – any one of them would make a splendid gift for Father’s Day!
21 Year Old August 2019 Release
Created from just fifteen casks, this whisky delivers wave upon wave of beautifully harmonised flavours, thanks to the selection of almost identical quantities of first-fill sherry seasoned American oak casks, first-fill sherry seasoned European oak casks, and refill casks. Delightful notes of freshly grated nutmeg, root ginger and sun-ripened orange zest are perfectly balanced by ripe mango, sweet pear and creamy vanilla.
The first 21 Year Old to be introduced to the Highland Park core family in ten years, this superb whisky was awarded both the Chairman’s Trophy for Best Island Malt in the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge and a gold medal in the Luxury Spirits Master of the same year.
21 Year Old November 2019 Release
This exceptionally well-balanced whisky was created from similar quantities of first-fill European sherry seasoned oak hogsheads, ex-bourbon hogsheads and refill hogsheads, all laid down during 1998. Naturally golden in colour, you’ll find notes of freshly-cut pineapple, ripe mango and light golden syrup give way to an exquisitely balanced harmony of juicy pears, sun-dried sultanas, vanilla pods and nutty toasted oak. Deliciously sweet and spicy, aromatic peat smoke lingers on the palate.
Following the lead of the earlier 2019 release, our November edition was awarded gold medals in both the International Spirits Challenge and The Scotch Whisky Masters in 2020.
21 Year Old 2020 Release
A brilliant marriage of three distinctive casks types, all laid down in November 1998 – first-fill sherry seasoned European oak hogsheads, first-fill bourbon hogsheads and refill hogsheads. Bottled at its marrying strength of 46%ABV, this 2020 batch is both spicy and complex, its vibrant, deep russet hues, driven entirely naturally by our casks.
You’ll pick up initial aromas of sweet heather honey, lightly toasted oak and spicy root ginger followed by intensely balanced notes of sun-ripened oranges, fresh vanilla pods and warm spices, all overlaid by hints of Orkney’s unique heather peat. This incredible whisky delivers a long, complex and satisfyingly spicy finish, lingering with a final whisper of aromatic peat smoke.