THE DARK IS A RICH AND POWERFUL EXPRESSION OF HIGHLAND PARK, MATURED IN SHERRY SEASONED EUROPEAN OAK CASKS TO DELIVER A DEEP AND DISTINCTIVE FLAVOUR. IT’S A CELEBRATION OF THE INTENSE BALANCE OF OUR WHISKY AND THE AUTUMN AND WINTER MONTHS, HERE ON ORKNEY.
A deep, autumnal russet colour and generously infused with warming notes of dried fruits, cinnamon, toasted almonds and rich fruitcake, THE DARK really is the perfect antidote to the cold weather and long dark nights at this time of year. It’s the ideal accompaniment to lazy evenings spent with friends and family, a warm fire, conversation, stories and laughter. Launched at the end of 2017, THE DARK is now available from good whisky stockists around the world at an RSP of UK £190. You can also buy it directly from our online shop and have it delivered to your door without having to brave the cold outside!
As Orkney occupies roughly the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska – and is closer to Oslo than London – the contrast between our seasons is typical of this part of the northern hemisphere and particularly dramatic. During the autumn and winter months our nights are endlessly long and dark. By winter solstice, on 21st December, the shortest day of the year offers only 6 hours of sunlight. By contrast, our spring and summer days on Orkney are long and gloriously bright; at summer solstice, on the 21st June, the sun – famously – never really sets.
Here on Orkney, celebrating the seasons connects us to our Viking ancestors and also all the way back to the Stone Age through the Maeshowe Burial Chamber. Thought to have been built nearly 5,000 years ago, the mound has a small opening that is perfectly aligned to allow the last rays of sunshine to penetrate the depth of the chamber during winter solstice, flooding its darkness with light.
THE DARK is the first of two Highland Park whiskies created to celebrate our contrasting island seasons and to reflect the intense balance of our whisky. Having released THE DARK close to winter solstice, we’ll be releasing its partner, THE LIGHT, in the spring. Watch this space!
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