Highland park whisky is one of those whiskies that always manages to bring a smile to those that drink it, those fruity flavours wrapped in that gentle smoke just always manage to hit the right spot !
The distillery of late has been releasing the whisky wrapped within a Norse mythology story, everything from gods to stories of mighty warriors and this release is sitting within its own wonderful legendary world. Valkyrie gets its name from old Norse mythology and is described on the Highland park like this …
“According to the old Norse sagas, for Viking warriors, death was not an end but a glorious beginning. And it began with the Valkyries…
Plunging down from the dark heavens, the Valkyries would descend like avenging angels on horseback to comb the battlefields for the bravest of the fallen warriors, heroes fit to enter the great Norse god Odin’s hall, Valhalla”.
The whisky itself is said to be a little more smokier with a mix of 50%fully peated malt instead of the 1:4 ratio normally used.. Bottled at 45.9% abv ..
Nose.. Smouldering oak greets you with soft toffee notes and toffee apples, chocolate covered raisins, orange peel and plum pudding. Freshly ground coffee leads into gentle spices and soft oak.
Palate.. Certainly more spices and dark fruits initially before the smoke dries the mouth and leaves chocolate and liquorice toffee notes, some fresh fruits come through, burnt almonds covered in Demerara sugar, vanilla and citrus notes.
Finish.. Drying and oaky.
Thoughts.. This certainly carries a touch more smoke and light peaty flavours that just give an extra dimension to the other flavours and aromas.. The smoke although ever present never totally dominates, it feels like it enhances all the other flavours, a little like champagne and strawberries..
A nice release that actually sits in a reasonable price bracket (£55 ish)
Thanks go out to Highland Park For this official sample..