Highland Park, The Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul recently announced the newest addition to its core range: MAGNUS. Exclusive to the US and Canada, this expression celebrates the distillery’s founder Magnus Eunson, a butcher and church officer by day, and bootlegger by night. Magnus was a direct descendant of the Vikings who settled on Orkney hundreds of years ago. His legacy of attention to detail and passion for whisky making remains today and little has changed in the way Highland Park is crafted in over 220 years. Jason Craig, Highland Park Brand Director, said: “Magnus Eunson set up his illicit still at a small cottage at High Park, overlooking Kirkwall and it remains the site of our home today. We say that our distillery was founded in 1798 –but in truth, that’s just the year that the authorities finally caught up with Magnus – he was certainly making whisky before that!”
The label in striking gun-metal foil on the bottle represents M for MAGNUS. It has been created in the decorative Viking art style called Urnes, which complements the recently redesigned 12 and 18 Year Old packaging, just released in North America. The design harks back to Viking storytelling and features the legend of a lion locked in battle with the forces of evil in the form of serpent-like dragons. The top of the bottle also features the heads of two serpent-like dragons as well as the brands signature The Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul.
Gordon Motion, Master Whisky Maker, commented: “I wanted to create a whisky which had the lightly-peated characteristics familiar to the Highland Park family but with a sweeter and more profound vanilla flavor profile. The result is a whisky crafted using a high proportion of Sherry seasoned American oak casks along with refill casks which give MAGNUS its citrus, vanilla and lightly smoky taste.”
Highland Park Magnus (80 proof)
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: Fine high sherry notes married with crisp, slightly smoked malt. Dessert in a glass.
Taste: Again, the sherry supports and works in tandem with the malt creating a lovely slightly sweet and ethereal whisky. There’s a delicacy which is befitting a tribute to a forefather of the distiller’s art.
Finish: Long with the sherry trailing off and leaving a soft woody char on the back palate that acts as a palate cleanser.
Overall: We at GSN are really loving these new Highland Park whiskies. For the price point, we recommend picking up a few for the upcoming holiday season as gifts, and one for you to proudly display on your backbar.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Highland Park Whisky