Cover The 15 Year Viking Heart blend contains a high percentage of first-fill European oak sherry seasoned casks

This new whisky is presented in a specially embossed ceramic bottle that pays tribute to its ancient heritage

For generations, world-renowned distillery Highland Park has been crafting exquisite whisky blends with a distinct smoky-sweet flavour, inspired by the fiercely independent spirit of the Vikings. Their previous offerings, the 10 Year Old Viking Scars, 12 Year Old Viking Honour and 18 Year Old Viking Pride blends are beloved by whisky connoisseurs all around the world.

Now, the esteemed distillery proudly introduces another worthy addition to its ranks, the 15 Year Old Viking Heart. Specially created from hand-selected casks by Highland Park Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion, this blend is set to impress, with its rich, spicy aroma of crème brulee, heather honey and crumbled cinnamon.

Highland Park is one of the 10 oldest distilleries in Scotland, having crafted award-winning whisky at Kirkwall, Orkney since 1798. Its whisky is shaped by its remote location and temperate climate, as well as  by the customs of the Vikings who settled here over 1,000 years ago. Its whisky production is guided by five primary components: hand-turned floor maltings, aromatic peat from Hobbister Moor, sherry seasoned oak casks, cool maturing and cask harmonisation.

In creating the 15 Year Old Viking Heart, Motion selected predominantly sherry seasoned European oak casks for warm, spicy notes. He tempered these with sherry seasoned American oak casks, for a balance of sweet vanilla. A small proportion of refill casks allowed for Highland Park’s signature gentle heather peat and light fruity character to shine through.

“Our insistence on specially constructed sherry casks delivers a richness of flavour. Vanilla and citrus notes lead and combine with the unique fragrant peat and creamy mouthfeel synonymous with Highland Park. The hand selection of quality first-fill and refill casks for this blend delivers a rich colour which is 100 per cent natural,” says Motion, adding that the blend is bottled at 44 per cent Alcohol Per Volume (APV), allowing the whisky to retain more of its natural compounds.

Highland Park’s new whisky is presented in a heavily embossed porcelain decanter created by Wade Ceramics from Stoke-on-Trent in England. This unique container is inspired by the ancient earthenware vessels the whisky would have been stored in a century or two ago at the distillery.

Wade Ceramics and Highland Park share a strong commitment to environmental responsibility and have a strong focus on sustainable manufacturing and the use of locally sourced raw materials. Their lead-free decanter is therefore 100 per cent food safe, glazed inside and out, and embossed with the lion and serpent design that appears on many of Highland Park’s glass bottles. Eagle-eyed whisky lovers might spot the heart motif on the bottle’s back which gives this whisky its name.