Specifications
Brand: Highland Park
Expression: Valkyrie
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 45.9%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islands (Non Islay)
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Highland Park Distillery, Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
Taster   Laura Foster
Nose: Orange boiled sweets. Burnt scones with butter from the oven. Oatcakes, with honey and lemon curd, before a wet dog walks in from the rain.
Palate: Distinct prickly chilli and pepper spice, honey sweetness and lime and lemon peel. Becomes drier, cereal-like – biscuits and oatcakes. Sea salt, sea air and cut grass bring freshness, while creosote brings smoke.
Finish: Relatively dry, with a subtle yet persistent barley core.
Comment: Cereal, subtle smoke and sweetness… an island dram ticking all boxes.
8.2
Taster   Mark Newton
Nose: Briny, with some simple chocolate and vanilla flavours and dried apricots. Baked apples. Bran Flakes. It settles to bring forth some youth, lemon zest and tangerines.
Palate: Vanilla, apples, with some smoke – woody, rather than peaty – warming things up. White pepper, slightly rubbery. Coffee grounds and sage. Great spirit, though the casks haven’t been kind.
Finish: Briny, smokey, with green tea, grapefruit and honey, bay leaves. A tad bitter.
Comment: Lots of strength, but it feels like youthful posturing.
7.3
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