Highland Park Triskelion brings together three master whisky makers

7th November, 2019 by Owen Bellwood

Edrington-owned Scotch brand Highland Park has brought together three master whisky makers to collaborate on single malt release Triskelion.

Gordon Motion (left), John Ramsay (centre) and Max McFarlane (right) collaborated on Triskelion

Current Highland Park master distiller Gordon Motion worked with former master whisky maker Max McFarlane and master whisky maker emeritus John Ramsay to produce Triskelion, which brought together more than 100 years of whisky-making experience.

Launching globally this month, Highland Park Triskelion uses whisky matured in a combination of first-fill Sherry-seasoned Spanish oak butts, first-fill Sherry-seasoned American oak casks and first-fill Bourbon barrels and hogsheads.

Highland Park Triskelion was matured in three different types of cask

These three principal cask types were balanced with a small quantity of refill casks to add “a degree of softness” to the whisky.

Motion said: “It was fun and a real honour to work again with John and Max. We decided to create an un-aged single malt as this gave us complete flexibility to consider a whole range of different cask types, flavour profiles as well as ages. To quote John Ramsay ‘You don’t need an age statement to deliver real quality’.

“It took us a while to agree on the final flavour profile, but we are very proud of the result – it tested our skill set, our craftsmanship but not our friendship!”

The “deep russet” coloured spirit is said to have aromas of “Seville oranges, coriander seeds, crème brûlée, cloudy honey, lightly peated with a hint of rose”. On the palate, it is said to have notes of “orange peel, apricots, cumin, vanilla and light smoke”.

Bottled at 45.1% ABV,  Highland Park Triskelion carries an RRP of £170 (US$218) in the UK.

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