Review #755 | /r/Scotch Review #253 – Highland Park Freya (Valhalla Collection)
The Schtick: “The third release in Highland Park’s The Valhalla Collection is the Freya, a 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky named after the Norse Goddess of Love. Wise, sensitive and with a magical cloak of feathers that creates the Northern Lights above Orkney, Freya was a valiant protector of human souls.
To match her personality, Highland Park have created a suitably sensual and delicious whisky with a hint of Orkney smoke to bear the Freya name.” —Master of Malt
This is part of a “limited” 19,000 bottle release of 15 year old single malt, peated with Orkney peat, and aged in first fill ex-bourbon casks. Let’s see how it is.
Distiller: Highland Park
Bottler: Highland Park
ABV: 51.2% ABV
Age: 15 Years
Nose: Really prominent honey, lemon meringue, light floral perfume – almost lavendar. Light brine and vanilla buttercream. Faint green apple.
Taste: Medium light mouthfeel. Muted flavors. Some mild heat – growing fruitiness. Pear, lemon, pepper and brine, lavendar and cardamom. Smoke steps in, ashy, peppery, no vegetal character.
Finish: Medium length, restrained heat. Peppery smoke, ash, burning lumber. Salty bread. Faint vanilla. No fruitiness.
Overall: The complexity and progression here is both interesting and delicious. It starts as a sweet fruit bomb and ends bold, smoky and dry. Really unique and enjoyable.
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