Highland Park and Ian Rankin unveil Rebus bottling
Highland Park has collaborated with British crime author Ian Rankin to mark the 30th anniversary of fictional character John Rebus with a 10-year-old single malt Scotch whisky.
Created in partnership with The Orion Publishing Group, Rebus30 will be available for fans of the iconic detective to buy exclusively from Edrington-owned Highland Park.
“We are delighted to have been asked to produce this exclusive bottle to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a great crime icon,” said Jason R. Craig, Highland Park brand director.
“This is a very special partnership for the brand as we were involved ten years ago when Ian celebrated the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first ‘Inspector Rebus’ novel Knots and Crosses.
“At that time, Ian was invited to visit the distillery on Orkney where he chose a special single cask. The whisky’s flavour profile was chosen according to what Ian felt Rebus would prefer – cask no 3272, was ‘dark, complex and with a long finish’.
“To celebrate Rebus30, our brief was to craft a 10-year-old single malt fit for an iconic detective who truly stands apart. The result is stunning single malt created by Gordon Motion, our master whisky maker and a tribute to those with a strong independent spirit and those who know their own mind.
“Best shared with friends or when enjoying a dark crime novel!”
The commemorative release is priced at £30 per 700ml bottle, and will be delivered in time for the launch of ‘RebusFest’ in Edinburgh at the end of June 2017.
It will only be available to Highland Park’s ‘Inner Circle tribe’. Registration of interest will be open from early April.
Sarah Benton, group marketing director at Orion said: “Working with Highland Park on this partnership for Rebus30 and RebusFest has been a total delight. What better way to celebrate Rebus’ 30th birthday!
“In addition to the Highland Park Rebus30 10-year-old single malt, we will be auctioning a few limited edition Highland Park 30-year-old single malt also specially created for Rebus30 throughout the year’s celebration – watch out for these!”
In addition, Highland Park’s senior brand ambassador Martin Markvardsen will be hosting two whisky masterclasses at RebusFest on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.
Guests will be given a unique opportunity to taste Highland Park Rebus30 along with some of the brand’s other whiskies.