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ccording to Norse creation mythology, the ice realm, Niflheim, is the home place of darkness, cold, ice and frost. The first Ice Giant, Ymir, was born at the beginning of time when the edge of the realm melted from the heat of the neighbouring fire realm, Muspelheim, and he is the first creature mentioned in the legend. As Ymir slept, he gave birth to the Jotun family – a race of powerful Ice Giants standing at over 20 feet high and known as the Gods of Creation. When they shook, fought or sneezed, it caused earthquakes! Highland Park’s latest creation ICE Edition is a special bottling which delves into the world of classic Norse mythology. This stunning expression celebrates the Viking roots of the brand’s Orkney Islands home, where the Norse influence and culture were woven for hundreds of years before Highland Park single malt whisky was even created. Jason Craig, Brand Director of Highland Park commented: “This 17-year-old single malt has a classic Highland Park flavour – dynamic, soft spicy notes complement and intertwine with creamy vanilla hues, providing a balanced and long finish. A truly harmonious whisky to savour. “Naturally vivid and radiant in colour with a 53.9% ABV, this special edition is limited to only 30,000 bottles globally. In blue tinted bespoke glass reflecting dazzling and glittering ice, the bottle shape has been designed to evoke the distinctive sharpness and coolness of the mythical and magical Ice Realm. The bottle is encased in a stunning mountain shaped wooden cradle with accompanying wooden stopper. “The intricate circle design on the label itself represents the circle of life – the creation of the world protected by a dragon; a mythical creature often central in classic Norse mythology. A booklet accompanying this new variant recounts the story of the realm of the Ice Giants and their wonderfully colourful battle against the Gods to rule the world!” Highland Park ICE Edition will be followed by FIRE Edition in later this year and follows on from the brand’s recent Valhalla Collection which championed the stories of four legendary Gods: Thor, Loki, Freya and Odin, who were to be found in Asgard. Having recently granted the highest award of excellence in single malt scotch category at Ultimate Spirits Challenge with a score of 99 out of 100, the Highland Park ICE Edition is now available in Hong Kong at a recommended retail price of HK$2,590 per bottle.



TASTING NOTES: COLOUR - Naturally radiant and vivid in colour; glacial, mirror-like brightness NOSE - Vivid aromas of cool, fresh pineapple and ripe mango sorbet come to life in this celebration of glacial character. Silvery shards of smoke give way to the frosty kick of root ginger. PALATE - Like the Ice Giants themselves, the palate is powerful yet mellifluous. In true Highland Park style, the combination of a silvery, misty peat smoke is inter-twined with pearlescent vanilla seeds and overtones of molten orris root. FINISH - Beautifully balanced, the creamy, rich, oily finish snowballs into long lingering woodiness and dry, feverish spices, providing a scintillating and harmonious whisky to savour. HKGOLFER.COM