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Highland Park releases oldest whisky ever

Close up shot of Highland Park 54 Year Old bottle

Orkney-based distillery, Highland Park, has unveiled its new 54 Year Old single malt Scotch Whisky, the oldest release from Highland Park to date, ahead of the distillery’s 225th Anniversary.

The especially rare release will be available from specialist outlets globally from mid-February 2023. Only 225 bottles have been created, by Highland Park Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion.

Originally laid down in 1968, 4 refill butts and 6 refill hogsheads were combined in February 2008 and refilled into first fill European sherry butts, where the whisky continued to mature. The final 14 years of maturation (since 2008) in ex-sherry casks has imparted an additional deep, rich, natural colour and wonderful intensity to the whisky which was bottled at 54 years of age.

Gordon Motion, Highland Park Master Whisky Maker, said: “This exceptionally rare 54 Year Old single malt Scotch Whisky has been nurtured through careful maturation and harmonisation. Representing a quarter of Highland Park’s life, we felt it was a fitting way to mark our 225th anniversary; born and crafted in the heart of Orkney.”

The Highland Park 54 Year Old consists of a bespoke embossed bottle containing the 54 Year Old whisky, a beautiful presentation box crafted from the finest Scottish oak wood, and an invitation for the buyer to attend a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Orkney.

Designed by award-winning craftsperson and designer, John Galvin, the box is sculpted to represent the cliffs of Yesnaby in Orkney. Each piece of wood was hand-blasted, and every box is unique with variations in colour. Revealing the glass inside, Michael Rudak, Senior Designer, Stoelzle Flaconnage, created the stunning bottle housing this rare, limited edition 54 Year Old liquid. Every detail of the bottle has been considered, for example, the conical ‘push’ at the base is a nod to the mash tuns at the distillery. The textural design was inspired by the old red sandstone at the Yesnaby Cliffs and by the idea of that surge of molten lava erupting from the seabed, slowing down as it formed Orkney’s islands.

The new Highland Park 54 Year Old will be available from specialist retailers globally from mid-February 2023. To find out more about Highland Park visit:



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February 23, 2023