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Highland Park 21 Year Old "Sovereign Wax Top - K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) SKU #1418350

Price: $199.99

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Tasting Notes

The Sovereign Wax Top series are some of the most special casks we will have all year. This iconic Kirkwall distillery truly shines at cask strength, something their owners seem to shy away from. Bottles of this caliber do not come around often, and they certainly don't exist at this price anywhere in the States except at K&L. Thanks to our longstanding partnership with the Laings, we were able to purchase this 21 year old beauty in the first place—tack onto that the insane price and well, pinch yourself. We thought the era of deals like this was long gone. If you remember, we sold a 20-year-old from Old Particular at the same price just 2 years ago. While the rest of the whisky world has been doubling their prices or more, we've been able to offer you even more whisky for your dollar. Bottled at 52% and packaged in the handsome "Sovereign Wax Top" bottles, this is going to be a benchmark example of the most famous Orkney distillery and maybe one of the final chances to get a mature, named, independent bottling of this blue chip distillery at a not completely jaw dropping price.

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Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    I have to be honest here, there are tons of Highland Parks on the market right now, but I guarantee none of them actually include the words on the label. That's because at some point in the last few years, the distillery dumped a huge quantity of stock (barrels from single production days vatted together to keep birthdays similar) and sold it off as unnamed Orkney stocks. Some of these stocks are very good and lots of them are just ok. Some of those stocks are also very affordable, while others are absolutely outrageously expensive, almost comically so. But, NO one is trying to sell us named Highland Park anymore. We've been lucky to have the Laings in our corner and last year's Old Particular 20 year was an extremely well liked and successful cask. The same whisky from Douglas Laing this year just one year older is costing 40% more per bottle. We'll probably have to pass. Yet somehow we've been able to get Hunter Laing to bottle an HP one year older than last year's OP at the exact same shelf price. Like many of the Hunter Laing Old & Rare, these casks are extremely small, split up between markets to stretch the goodwill they garner. While these stocks (and all the Sovereign Wax Top) were once intended for the well regarded Hunter Laing Old & Rare line, we've agreed to use this packaging so a national importer might have the option to use the other. We don't care about the bottle so much in the end as long as the juice inside is out of this world. Needless to say this whisky lives up to the expectations. The nose is crystalline and perfectly apportioned. Bold mineral, tangy citrus, chalk, saline, bright pure malt, slight mossy undertone. With water (only a drop please) even more chalk, sweet stewed pear, benedictine, tropical fruit and fresh rain on rocks. An HP for the Burgundy lover in all of us.
  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    You can't get too much better than this for the price. The nose is full of caramelized pear, white flower blossoms and cacao nibs. The palate has a smooth, dry texture to it and reminded me of sitting around a campfire eating smores. The lightest hint of sweet smoke and prunes also seemed recognizable. The finish was long and this time was more reminiscent of taking red hots and cooking them (for whatever reason) on the bbq (charcoal, not gas).
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    My first word upon nosing this glass isn't fit for print. Floral peat, gobs of stone fruit, and sea spray mingle with milk chocolate and smoke. There is incredible richness on the palate and yet again chocolate and sea salt blend with pitted peaches and apricots. The finish lingers for a long time and slowly releases zesty orange peel. Regardless of price, this bottle will be talked about for years to come at K&L. Factor in the price and it's a legend.


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