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With economic woes crowding in all around us and post-Christmas credit card bills on their way, perhaps we should have opted for a 'bargain basement' Whisky of the Month to start off the New Year.

Here at 'whisky-pages' however, we have taken the view that if you are standing on the deck of the Titanic you might as well drink Krug, and accordingly have opted for an unapologetically expensive and rare dram from Scotland's northernmost distillery.
Highland Park, Ambassador Cask 5 (Scotland)
This fifth and final limited edition in Highland Park’s extremely successful Ambassador’s Cask series comprises 228 bottles from cask number 8845. This is a refill Sherry hogshead, filled on 17th July 1974, making its contents 34 years old. Gerry Tosh, Global Brand Ambassador, says “I was really drawn to this particular cask and wanted to bottle it as the curtain call which would mark the incredible success of our Ambassador’s Cask series. The initial impact of this cask strength alcohol makes the lips and then the tongue tingle. The sides of the tongue start to dance and as the hidden citrus emerges, warmth permeates the whole of the mouth.” Rich on the nose, with profound malt and fruity, smoky Sherry aromas, plus a hint of ozone. Full-bodied in the mouth, with sweet summer berries and peat reek. The finish is long, creamy and gently smoky. Once again, a magnificent, vintage expression of the classic Orcadian single malt. Available from Highland Park distillery and online shop. 41.5% ABV, 70cl, £249.00, distillery website.

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