Highland Park partners with tattooist for latest release

25th March, 2019 by Amy Hopkins

Orkney distillery Highland Park has teamed up with Danish tattoo artist Colin Dale to launch its first single malt Scotch whisky aged in ex-Rioja wine casks.

Highland Park Twisted Tattoo is the first expression from the brand that has been aged in ex-Rioja wine casks

Highland Park Twisted Tattoo is a 16-year-old Scotch whisky that has also been aged in first-fill Bourbon casks, creating notes of “light heather peat and soft red fruits”.

The whisky was inspired by the Viking legend of the Modgard Serpent, which grew so large it twisted around the earth to bite its own tail.

Dale, who specialises in the non-electric dot-work tattooing method, created an image of the serpent for the whisky’s bottle design.

“For us, Colin Dale was an ideal choice as a creative partner,” said Jason Craig, global brand director for Highland Park. “He is the perfect example of a modern-day Viking soul and our partnership shows off the similarities between our crafts.

“Tattoos are emotionally important and tell stories on the skin, much like our whisky tells the tales of our Orkney islands’ ancestry. Both arts can be traced back hundreds of years with the traditional skills still playing a key role in the tattooing and whisky making process today.”

Bottled at 46.7% abv, Highland Park Twisted Tattoo is available exclusively from The Whisky Shop in the UK at an RRP of £80.

The Highland Park distillery was founded in Kirkwall, Orkney, in 1798 by Magnus Eunson, a descendent of Vikings who settled in the archipelago more than 1,000 years ago.

In May this year, the brand will open a new visitor experience store in its hometown. The site will include a gallery featuring the work of local artists, a private education area and a retail space offering merchandise and whiskies, including some exclusive to Orkney.

The distillery recently celebrated its Viking heritage with launch of a no-age-statement Amazon-exclusive whisky called Viking Tribe. Last month, Highland Park collaborated with former Formula One driver David Coulthard on two limited edition single cask whiskies.

Colin Dale practises the ancient art of dot-work tattooing


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