Highland Park 15 Years Old Freya (51.2%, OB, 2014)
- 51.2% ABV, £140 for 70cl
- Score: 91/100
What they say:
For the third release in the acclaimed Valhalla Collection, Highland Park has turned its attention to the mesmerising Norse Goddess of Love, Freya. Continuing the tradition of reflecting the character and qualities of the Norse Gods in the whisky itself, Freya’s intriguing allure and feisty personality has inspired a full, rich and complex single malt with a lingering beguiling finish.
Nose: Almond and Madagascan vanilla. White chocolate followed by candied cherries makes way for a vibrant wave of mango and melon, riding upon a cloud of cream soda.
Palate: Orange peel, butterscotch and rose petals provide the sweetness along with orange blossom and ginger. Lively popping candy, lemongrass and tropical fruits are lightly shrouded in peat smoke.
Finish: Complex and beautiful, the finish gives lingering spice and soft peat smoke intertwined with soft orchard fruits, toasted coconut and a light char, providing a rounded depth and allowing this whisky to soar.
What I say:
The 3rd and final dram for the night was the 3rd release in the Highland Park Valhalla collection named Freya after the goddess of love.
Light champagne or platinum gold
Grassy, vanilla, very malty and cereal, golden syrup and oat flapjacks, incredibly pleasant to nose – something you just want to melt into
Very smooth vanilla cream/custard, baked apple pie with mango sorbet, grapefruit with a sprinkle of black pepper…
Medium to long with a mouth coatingly pleasant vanilla cream or custard texture and slightly honey-nut finish
Would I buy it:
Of the three Valhalla collection whiskies, Freya was the one that shone out as something amazing amongst a bunch of incredibly good whiskies. If I had this kind of pocket change to part with on a regular basis then I would expect Freya to be the first I purchase amongst this collection. Sadly my lottery numbers haven’t quite come up yet…