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 lingers with a final whisper of aromatic peat smoke.
Add a little extra…
For the ultimate gift, why not include a Laguz Water Jug and a set of our nine lovely ‘Peedie’ Glasses – presented in a smart gift box, each glass bears one of the nine noble virtues which make up the code of honour that our Viking ancestors lived by. Skål!