Travelling for a winter break post festive season? Look out for our latest single malt whisky which is exclusive to global travel retail outlets. Introducing King Christian I – the seventh expression within the global travel retail ‘Warriors’ range created by our Whisky Maker, Max McFarlane.
Whisky with Subtle Qualities
A combination of refill butts and hogsheads of exceptional age and character were selected and, after a period of being married together, only 300 bottles are being released at 46.8% ABV. According to Max: “The ferocious winds, which batter Orkney in the winter months, create a uniquely heather based peat that we use to dry our malt after being prepared and turned in our traditional but increasingly rare floor maltings. This unique wood-free peat, imparts the final whisky with subtle qualities, delicate fragrances and softer scents which have remained even after long periods of extended maturation. The colour, as with all bottles of Highland Park, is entirely natural: the delicate coppery shades emerge as re-fill casks release less colour than classic first fill casks. The relatively higher strength ABV, like the colour, is also natural.”
Celebrating King Christian's Role
This new expression from Highland Park celebrates King Christian’s important role in the Orkney Islands becoming part of Scotland in 1468. King Christian I of Denmark was a clever and cosmopolitan sovereign who, during his reign, managed to unite Denmark, Norway and Sweden, a region that at the time, included the Orkney Islands where our world renowned distillery has been based since 1798.
Part of Warrior Series
The bespoke packaging design is consistent with the rest of the ‘Warrior Series’, carrying the Nordic marquetry banner on the top of a highly polished lacquered black box. A stunning clear crystal ‘teardrop’-shaped decanter inspired by Nordic glassware, is held in place by a beautiful silver spiral cradle. A book, included in the box, presents the background history of the King’s reign and showcases why Highland Park has such a deep rooted affinity with Scandinavian heritage.