Colour:A delightfully rich, naturally golden hue with remarkable clarity and brightness.
Nose:Reminiscent of thick, opaque honey but with attractive notes of lemongrass, sandalwood and a variety of aromatic spices.
Palate:Reminiscent of thick, opaque honey but with attractive notes of lemongrass, sandalwood and a variety of aromatic spices.
Finish:A lasting impression of rich spiciness is the legacy of a single malt that is extremely long and surprisingly sweet.
Malt Advocate 93 points - A marriage of eight casks (seven hogsheads, one sherry butt). A whisky in excellent shape for its age. Very clean and bright on the palate, with no excessive oak. Notes of lemon tart, clementine, plum, honeyed vanilla, and polished oak, peppered with clove, soft mint, marshmallow, and subtle toasted coconut. Clinging, mouth-coating finish.
(Spring 2010) Reviewed by: John Hansell
The second of the Orcadian Vintage series, 1968 Vintage was released in November 2009. Eight refill hogshead casks yielded 1,550 70cl bottles at a natural strength of 45.6% abv, each carefully chosen by Max McFarlane, Highland Park Whisky Maker. With its naturally golden hue, full-bodied flavour with hints of honey and lemongrass, the Orcadian 1968 Vintage is an exceptionally fine whisky that builds on the peerless reputation of Highland Park.