- Tasting note
With casks accounting for between 60% and 80% of the final character of the bottled whisky, QUERCUS showcases the rich flavour of fruit cake and the natural dark golden colour that sherry seasoned oak casks bring to Highland Park.
QUERCUS is named after the species of oak we use to make our casks and explores the impact that our casks have on the character of our whisky. Its fair to say that were obsessed with wood and casks at Highland Park a little ironic given the lack of trees in Orkney! We carefully select European and American Oak trees, cutting the wood into staves at precisely 45 to make it harder for any spirit to escape. The staves are shipped to Jerez in southern Spain to be made into casks, filled with Oloroso Sherry and left to mature for two years before being emptied and shipped back to us in Orkney.