Highland Park
The Lunar Bottling 18 & 3/5 year old
Whisky type
Single Malt
Highland Park Distillery
Island, Scotland
Limited edition
500 bottles
In collection

Review by Highland Park


Natural colour, burnished gold, clear and bright.


Rich, mature oak, top note of aromatic smoke.


Rich, full flavour; honey and peat.


Soft, round and long.


If you are fond of the 18 year old, you will be bowled over by the limited edition Lunar Bottling. It is like Highland Park 18 Years Old only more so; aged for 18.6 years, it is even more voluptuous; matured using a greater proportion of sherry oak casks, it is even more seductive; bottled at 45.1% rather than 43%, it is even more full-bodied.

Why Lunar? The Moon has two cycles; the regular, monthly one and a more significant full cycle of 18.6 years, known as Lunar Nutation. As I write in 2007, the Moon is in the next turning point of its full cycle. This is the first Lunar Nutation of the 21st century and the Moon will not return to this point until the cycle is next completed in 2025.

To the early inhabitants of Orkney, events such as these were very closely observed. Structures such as the Ring of Brodgar were built specifically to aid astronomical study. One of the finest Neolithic stone circles anywhere in the world, the Ring of Brodgar has featured for many years on the label of Highland Park 18 Years Old.

This exceptional bottling celebrates the completion of the Moon’s full cycle, a celestial phenomenon which is, we think, best observed from the Ring of Brodgar. You can enjoy the Highland Park Lunar Bottling, however, from the comfort of your own home.

Source: Maxxium