Review: Highland Park Valkyrie Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Refill American Oak, Bourbon Casks, Sherry Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Highland Park (Kirkwall, Scotland)

A new HP, a limited release (1 of 3) in a never ending (it seems) collection of Limited Releases. This one, however, is affordable (relatively)...

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Code: 2017

The nose is gorgeous. Fruity and malty, and some blueberry – along with slight orange notes and loads of heather. Butter, light smoke, lemon peel, soot, dried apricots, dried currants, and rainy Scottish highlands woods. Ever so slightly meaty from the sherry notes – it adds a bit of a umami base to the whisky. A great mouthfeel. Orange, berry notes, young green wood, with a finish taken over with heather and smoke. The heather and smoke develops and grows, until slightly drying with some clove and pear.

I’ve heard it’s supposed to be richer than the 12 year old, of which there are some terrific bottles. Not to my taste! It is quieter, but more elegant. Definitely recommended.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average based on $100.