The ImpEx Collection
21 Year Old 1999 Orkney Cask #58
Fully matured in a hogshead.
The perfect amount of delicate smoke for those looking to dip a toe into the world of peaty whiskies.
Nose: Dried flowers and orange peel, salty sea breeze, and sweet smoke.
Palate: A masterwork of balance, with well-integrated flavors of rose water, raspberries, orange peel, and zesty cinnamon, laced with salty smoke and savory Oak.
Finish: Lengthy, with persistent smokiness, espresso, and roasted cinnamon.
The ImpEx Collection Orkney 1999 21 Years Old Cask #58 – There are only two real distilleries on Orkney, which really narrows down the options on this, particularly since Scapa bottled a peated whisky for the first time in 2016. So, let’s assume this isn’t a Scapa unicorn but is indeed Highland Park, drawn from a hogshead. It has much of the HP DNA, but not all of it, which makes it quite enticing. A gentle breeze of peat kicks things off, set nicely against a nose of toasted grains, golden syrup, and fresh citrus. The palate continues the evolution of these flavors, which eventually present as delicate and a bit floral, sweet and lush but with a nice layer of spice and just a hint of sea spray on the finish. Lots to love here, and highly worth exploring. Incidentally, this was one of the best in show winners at the recent 2021 Whiskies of the World competition where I served as a judge. 101.6 proof. A-
~Christopher Null, Drinkhacker
Region of Origin
Single Malt Scotch
Made in Scotland from 100% malted barley, distilled on pot stills at a single distillery