New York, September 16, 2008 – Orkney-based Distiller of the Year, Highland Park, today releases a new, permanent flagship 40 Year Old expression in the U.S., adding even more allure and acclaim to the distillery’s highly awarded array of single malt Scotch whisky expressions.That's (not surprisingly) from a press release. The website has more:
Matured primarily in previously-filled sherry oak casks, Highland Park 40 Year Old is a harmonious masterpiece. The extended time that the spirit matures in previously-filled sherry oak casks is evidenced by the classically composed and perfectly balanced Scotch whisky Highland Park 40 Year Old. The delicate coppery paleness of the whisky is entirely natural -- true to all bottlings of Highland Park -- and in this case also a result of the judicious use of refill casks.
If first fill casks had been used for such a lengthy maturation, the sweetness (an oak-derived additive quality from the cask) would have been too strident. Highland Park 40 year old has therefore been largely matured in refill casks, that is to say casks that have previously been used to mature whisky. Every time a cask is used, its ability to impart an influence on the spirit is diminished. When laying down a whisky for extended maturation, such as this, it is important that the cask doesn't dominate the spirit. The long-term nature of the maturation of Highland Park 40 year old allows time for the perfect balance to be achieved.The only problem I can see: "Highland Park 40 Year Old is available in key markets with a suggested retail price of $2,000." Nevertheless, I let Sally, the woman who sent the press release, know that I'd be willing to give it a shot if she sent me a sample bottle.
Still waiting on a reply.