Highland Park has released a special edition 17-year-old single malt inspired by the autumn and winter seasons, called The Dark.The Dark is the first of two new season-inspired Scotch whiskies from Orkney distillery Highland Park – The Light, inspired by the spring and summer, will launch in spring 2018. “Both editions share the story of the contrasting seasons of our Orkney islands and the resulting intense balance of Highland Park whisky,” said Jason R Craig, brand director for Highland Park. Matured for 17 years in European Sherry casks, The Dark is presented in a jet-black glass with a serpent dragon embossed on the front. ‘The Dark’ and ‘The Light’ are written in runic writing on the dragon’s tail in celebration of Orkney’s Viking history. A booklet accompanies the special edition, which carries an RRP of £190 and is available from The Whisky Exchange and The Whisky Shop. Edrington-owned Highland Park also recently launched Full Volume, which takes inspiration from the “synchronicity of music and whisky”.