The myths and legends of Orkney have inspired Highland Park to launch the limited edition Orcadian Vintage Series. The Orcadian Vintage Series is easily recognizable as it is bottled in bespoke black glass. On this expression the interior hinged door on the box features an intricate illustration of Viking art and craftsmanship in marquetry. The original representation of the mythical Great Beast appeared on the metal war vane of an 11th century longship; it depicts a large dragon-like beast around whose leg a smaller animal has firmly clamped its jaws in a fine example of the Ringerike style. Drawn from two refill hogsheads, with a natural strength of 42.2% abv, only 290 bottles are available.
Appearance: A delightfully rich, russet hue with exemplary clarity and brightness.
Nose: Redolent of toasted oak, dried strawberries and shellac with a generous coating of beeswax.
Palate: Delicious sweetness combined with a fascinating spiciness; crushed black pepper, cr