Highland Park Brünnhilde presented: A cooperation with the Bayreuth Festival

The Sherry Single Cask starts a new whisky trilogy

 

In cooperation with the Bayreuth Festival, Highland Park launches a special series of three single cask bottlings. "Brünnhilde" is the name of the first edition that was presented in Bayreuth, Germany. From the end of July, it will be available exclusively through Spirituals, the exclusive partner of the Bayreuth Festival, also known as Richard Wagner Festival. Highland Park Brünnhilde will be served during this year's Festival in Bayreuth in the local Ring Lounge and on one day during a special event.

The whisky for the Highland Park Single Cask Brünnhilde was matured for 11 years in a Sherry cask. The bottling comprises a total of 654 bottles, the alcohol strength is 56% ABV. Bottle and jute bag were designed especially for the Brünnhilde and are kept in black. The two other single cask bottlings of the series for the Bayreuth Festival will follow in 2020 and 2021.

 

Tastingnotes for the Highland Park Brünnhilde


Color: natural dark amber

Aroma: creamy vanilla, caramelized pineapple, creamy honey and light peat smoke

Taste:
sweet, light vanilla with hints of oak nuances, fruity lemon zest, a hint of ginger and peat smoke

Finish: long-lasting sweet and light smoky notes

Combining Nordic and Germanic myths and legends


Why a collaboration between a German festival and the Scottish distillery Highland Park? "Combining legends" is Beam Suntory's answer in an actual press release, "The partnership recognizes the shared passion for Nordic legends as much as it values its heritage and craftsmanship. The ancestors of the Highland Park team are Vikings, who once settled in the home of the Scottish distillery, Orkney. Even today, the myths of the warriors inspire Highland Park to new bottlings - as well as Brünnhilde. The eponymous figure from the epic "The Ring of the Nibelung" by the founder of the festival, Richard Wagner, served as an inspiration for the name of the new single cask bottling. The German composer often used Nordic and German mythical and legend sources for his masterful pieces of music." (Translated from the German press release for you, as well as the tasting notes).

Richard Wagner's Festival in Bayreuth


The world-famous Bayreuth Festival was founded by composer Richard Wagner and takes place every year in the purpose-built Festspielhaus. From the end of July to the end of August, a selection of Wagner's music dramas is performed. This year there will be Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Tristan and Isolde, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and Parsifal. If you want to visit the festival, you will find more information here on the corresponding homepage.