The Highland Park Valhalla Collection is a range of four unique whiskies that take inspiration from the legendary Nordic gods. The first release, dubbed Thor, was introduced last year. And just a few days ago, Highland Park Loki was announced. The new 15 year old expression is an interesting one full of citrus, spice and smoke.
And now, some fanciful tasting notes from Highland Park —
Nose: A spirited lift of dried bitter orange which quickly turns into lemon peels. Cardamom notes trick then tease the nose, before an enticing hit of gingerbread develops. With a touch of water, licorice and aromatic smoke are both unleashed.
Palate: The true shape-shifting ability of Loki springs to life on the palate: its waxy texture is amplified by an intense smoke that doesn’t appear on the nose, shattering the light citrusy illusion of the aroma. All is not what it seems. The smoke fades as licorice and rich spiced apple flavors come out to play. Lemon and grapefruit are consistent throughout this elusive, yet intriguing character. With a touch of water, lingering notes of melted dark chocolate over spent embers leave a soft, smoky impression.
Finish: As Loki departs, he leaves behind toasted cloves, hickory smoke and soft vanilla. It is constantly changing, from appearance to finish. Loki is an enigma and truly another whisky of the gods.
Highland Park Loki will be available in select retailers, at the Highland Park distillery and via the Highland Park website. It’s not cheap, but if you’re into collecting interesting drams, this one might be for you.
– 48.7% Alcohol by Volume