Whisky Focus - Highland Park Valkyrie Viking Legend Series Review

Highland Park Valkyrie Viking Legend Series

27th April 2017
Highland Park launch the Viking Legend Series with Valkyrie

Highland Park Valkyrie Viking Legend SeriesHighland Park have just announced the release of Highland Park Valkyrie, the first of a trio of limited edition releases in their new Highland Park Viking Legend Series.

What makes this first release in the series attractive to me and I am sure many of you Highland Park fans out there, is that Highland Park Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion, says that he has dialled up more smoky notes in the new Highland Park Valkyrie by incorporating more of their heathery peated malt. Gordon says that this has created "a richer, fuller phenolic note that has balance due to the sweeter, heathery character of the Highland Park moorland peat, which is a slight departure from their core 12 Year Old whisky".

The other notable thing which I am sure will make the new Highland Park Valkyrie attractive to you is that it is natural colour, bottled at 45.9% ABV and it has a palatable price tag of £55 for a 70cl/75cl bottle depending on where in the world you are.

In the creation of the new Highland Park Viking Series the distillery has once again looked back on its Orkney Island homes Viking ancestry and they have teamed up with renowned Danish designer Jim Lyngvild, a modern day Viking and expert in Norse mythology, to design striking new packaging for the Viking Legend Series. Valkyrie is the first in a series of three Viking Legend releases which have all been inspired by rich Viking history and mythology. Valkyrie will be followed by Highland Park Valknut in 2018 and Highland Park Valhalla in 2019.

Valkyrie’s unique one-off design is inspired by two important Nordic sources – a typical Viking pendant from around 300-700AD discovered in Uppland, Sweden and the ancient Hammar Stone of Gotland which details the epic journey of the Valkyries,

In his distinctive style, Lyngvild has interpreted the ancient legend of the Valkyries – avenging horse-backed angels who combed the battlefields for the bravest of their fallen warriors – in an expressive, story-telling illustration for Highland Park.

Highland Park also has a new whisky in the pipeline for the US market which is set to be launched this summer 2017, named Highland Park Magnus, it was matured in a combination of sherry seasoned and American ex-Bourbon oak casks and it will be bottled at 40% ABV with a price tag of US $39.99.

As I said the new Highland Park Valkyrie has a palatable price tag of £55, I haven't had the chance to taste it yet but the official tasting note is below and I will update you with my thoughts as soon as I taste it.

Highland Park Valkyrie will launch this month in over 15 markets including the UK, USA, Canada, Denmark, Germany and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

Highland Park Valkyrie Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Natural colour - bright, amber hue.

Nose: Sharp tang of sweet green apples and ripening lemons.

Taste: A bewitching mix of oriental spices. Driven by European Oak sherry seasoned casks, American Oak sherry-seasoned casks and Bourbon casks, the flavour profile is creamy vanilla with spicy, sweet, preserved ginger and lingering smokiness with hints of liquorice.

Finish: Exquisitely balanced, the long and lingering finish delivers waves of warm aromatic smoke and richly ripened fruit.

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