Continuing the Viking theme of their special editions, Highland Park Fire is the last of the two-part series that started with the Ice edition. This bottling represents the destruction and re-birth of the world according to Norse mythology. Included with the bottle and wooden cage is a booklet that describes Surtr, ‘The Black One’, who ruled the fire realm and lead the fire giants in war with the gods. A specially commissioned watercolour of the fire realm, by Scottish artist Andy Bowman, is also in this booklet. The whisky itself matches the crimson tinted bottle, being the first Highland Park whisky to have been matured in refill Port seasoned casks. This adds a dried red fruits character to the spicy and slightly smoky limited edition of 28,000 bottles.
Nose: Vibrant and intense aromas of ruby red fruits and warm vanilla complement the fiery bitter sweetness of cinnamon bark and the smouldering richness of devilishly dark chocolate.
Palate: The palate bristles of light smoke with striking zesty dried peel and temperate vanilla flavour. Intoxicating spices and the sharpness of damsons entice and enchant your taste buds.
Finish: Intensely balanced, the long, lingering sweet finish magnifies into a sizzling fruity spiciness, providing a bewitching and standout whisky to enjoy.