Highland Park distillery will release four limited edition single malt whiskies. Each of the whiskies included in the Valhalla Collection is named and inspired by Norse legends and gods. The Orkney islands, where Highland Park is distilled, has a rich Norse history.
The first release in The Valhalla Collection is the Highland Park Thor, named after the Norse god of thunder – famous for his mighty hammer, Mjollnir. In fact, the hammer is depicted on the bottle. The whiskey itself has been aged 16 years and has a natural cask strength of 52.1% ABV.
The limited edition whiskey – only 23,000 will be shipped worldwide – is presented in a stunning and unique wooden box, which represents the head piece of a Nordic long boat.
Here’s a rundown on the new Highland Park Thor
- Appearance: Rich amber
- Nose: Concentrated and forceful, with aromatic smoke, fresh ginger, antique copper, stewed plums, and golden syrup. With water, earthy notes emerge, like a garden after a heavy rain shower.
- Palate: Initially dry, with gingerbread then vanilla, blackberries, fresh mango, peach and hints of cinnamon. As its flavors swirl around the mouth, some softer, sweeter notes develop.
- Finish:Lingering notes of sweet vanilla and an intense spiciness.
- The price for Highland Park Thor will be around $150. It’s not cheap, but the whiskey is good and the packaging is extraordinary.