Highland Park 15 Year Viking Heart

I’m a huge fan of Highland Park. So much so, that when my husband and I went to Scotland it was one of the distilleries we visited and what a trip it was. The original Highland Park 15 was discontinued in 2016. In 2021 we got this little gem, Highland Park 15 Year Viking Heart.

What you’ll find eye-catching isn’t that the 15 year is back, in a sort of way, but the white ceramic bottle. In a sea of dark bottles that display that magical brown juice, this bottle clearly stands out. It pays homage to how their whisky would have been stored back a century or two. They worked with Wade Ceramics to have this beautiful bottle created.

Their website indicates that the lead-free porcelain decanter is 100% food safe, glazed inside and out, and embossed with the lion and serpent design that appears on many of our glass bottles. On the back of the bottle you’ll find the heart motif that inspired this whisky’s name.

This whisky is matured in sherry-seasoned European casks, sherry-seasoned American casks and a few refill casks.

Nose: cinnamon, peat and light sweetness
Palate: vanilla, cinnamon, peat and spices
Finish: spices and smoke
ABV: 44%
Cost: $110

This is an absolutely fantastic whisky. It’s beautifully made, and you’ll find that the peat is not overpowering but rather subtle and muted. There is a sweetness that blends harmoniously well with all the baking spices.

Personally, I really enjoyed it and I’m lucky I had the chance to try it at a whisky event because I simply couldn’t justify purchasing at this price. I’m not sold that the juice is worth the squeeze. And, although I really liked this, for us to add something to our collection it truly must blow us away. If you can spend this much it’s fantastic. If not, I’m certain you have something on your shelves that is less money and just as good.


Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.


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