In celebration of its 225th anniversary, Scotland’s Highland Park distillery has launched its oldest and rarest single malt to date, the Highland Park 54 Year Old. Drawing inspiration from the landscape surrounding the distillery, the packaging comprises a textured decanter nestled in a bespoke presentation box.
Edrington-owned Highland Park distillery, located in the Orkney islands some 10 miles from the Scottish mainland, is ringing in its 225th anniversary with the release of Highland Park 54 year old Single Malt whisky, a limited edition of just 225 bottles.
To bring the project to life, the distillery commissioned Senior Glass Designer at Stoelzle Flaconnage Michael Rudak to create the carafe. The bespoke sculptural decanter in flint glass was inspired by the concept of molten lava erupting from the seabed and gradually forming the Orkney Islands.
The textures recalling the island’s landscapes are represented via indentations formed in the glass, while the decanter’s conical punt is inspired by the distillery's mash tuns. The asymmetrical bottle is decorated and polished by hand; sandblast and infill were used for the text on the facing. It is topped by an asymmetrical cork stopper with a wooden head.
Glasgow-based craftsman John Galvin designed and handmade the wooden coffret from Scottish oak. The textured, winged case represents contours of Orkney’s elevation and terrain, namely the weathered strata of the cliffs of Yesnaby.
The wood is hand-blasted, with each case featuring a unique color variation due to its passage through a fuming chamber. A cut out in its center reveals the decanter inside.
Launched in February, the Single Malt retails at £39,000 (€44,300).
Decanter designMichael Rudak
CoffretJohn Galvin Studio