Highland Park Valkyrie Single Malt Scotch Whisky 375 ml
Valkyrie is the first in Highland Park’s Viking Legend series in partnership with Danish designer Jim Lyngvild. It’s made with approximately 50% fully peated stock, but of course, with Highland Park. This means Orcadian peat and classic heather smoke notes. Valkyrie offers a smokier Highland Park experience, but the smoke is still balanced.
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.
Valkyrie celebrates our rich Nordic ancestry here on Orkney. where we were once part of a vast Viking kingdom, and its packaging was designed by internationally renowned designer and Viking Soul. Jim Lyngvild. Exquisitely balanced and delivering wave upon wave of warm aromatic smoke and richly ripened fruit, Valkyrie is the first in a series of three special Viking Legend releases and has just been awarded the Chairman’s Trophy in the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, scoring 99 out of 100.
Elegant and intriguing aromas of freshly baked multigrain bread, smoked salt, and tart dried peaches abound on the nose. Powerful in the mouth, the sweet and soft flavors of stone fruit give way to baking spices, vanilla, and smoked bulgur wheat. The finish is lengthy and complex.
Chocolate and some nutmeg off the bat before the smoke develops, balanced by dried apricot, plum, and, increasingly, zesty orange too.
Plump dried fruits are complemented by vanilla, dried apple, and waves of smoke and wood spice.
Licorice and more fruit too, plus a return of some chocolatey notes.
More pronounced smoke than you’d find in a regular Highland Park, as you’d expected, but it never threatens to dominate proceedings this is no chimney of a dram, far from it. The smoke is always balanced.
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