Highland Park ‘The Earl Magnus’ Edition 1

Highland Park Earl Magnus - label

We have just received a pigeon from Orkney. Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney from the 11th century, will be honoured by Highland Park distillery with his very own bottling.

I must admit I had never heard about Earl Magnus. I am pretty ignorant when it comes to the 11th century history of Orkney… or, for that matter, any other place. But, as far as we’re concerned, that’s just marketing bla-bla-bla and only a handful of people make some sense of it. Not least, the collectors.

The whisky will come in a rather old school bottle - “With natural looking flaws, bubbles and an unusual orange peel texture the glass making reflects the techniques used over 150 years ago” and a “label that depicts Earl Magnus in a stained glass window”. Looks pretty mean in the picture (below) if you ask me. But still, the most important thing is obviously the whisky. It’s 15 year old Highland Park malt from 1994 and earlier years, which apparently delivers “a beautiful balance of ginger and lemon notes, cumulating with delicate aromatic blends of ginger and vanilla, combined with the signature heather peat smokiness of Highland Park”, bottled at cask strength of 52.6%. There will be 5,976 bottles available and one of them will set you back around £85. We are looking forward to a sample (hint-hint) and will be reporting back to you as soon as we know more.

Also, we are intrigued by the ‘Edition 1′ descriptor. We asked Highland Park today what that meant exactly but all we were told was that Edition 2 will be released in 2010 but the details of what it will be have not yet been decided. Yeaaaah rrright.