Valkyrie

Review: Highland Park Valknut Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
46.8%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Highland Park (Kirkwall, Scotland)

The second of Highland Park’s Viking (what else?) Series, following Valkyrie. It is to be a smokier and dryer than Valkyrie, with a higher ABV (slightly). The release is largely matured in sherry casks and includes a higher phenolic (peat) influence than Valkyrie, and includes a small amount of Orcadian tartan barley.


Review (2018)

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  • Bottling Code: 2018

Smoky, fruity, and rich on the nose with honey, fresh orange, light smoke, and a rich earthiness to it – which fits in nicely with the highland park profile. Also, I get a bit of white grape – never seen that in a highland park yet! And the lightest tropical fruit influence, too – very nice! It has the lightest spicy tang to it, almost sulphurous (which I don’t like) – but this I like. Nice “edge”. A rich, complex, interesting nose. My only slight critique is some rough oily edges usually caused by youth which slightly detract.

The palate is dry, smoky, indeed – lots of rich fruit including typical Highland Park orange. It has a bit of oily, younger components which slightly detract – but it’s still good. The orange carries through, along with a lot of fresh fruit – yet contrasted with the sweet smoke – quite the balancing act! It works well. The palate isn’t perfectly balanced but it’s integrated really well.

The finish is dry, smoky, and very fruity – but integrated and balanced. White pepper and heather honey - quite a nice finish. I think I like this more than Valkyrie. Nice work, and affordable, too!

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

Value: Average, based on $100.


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

ABV
45.9%
Aging
Refill American Oak, Bourbon Casks, Sherry Casks
Recipe
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.