Highland Park has unveiled the last in its series of whiskies that celebrates the Norse heritage of its native Orkney.
The new 16-year-old whisky is called Odin, named after the king of the Norse heavenly realm Asgard, and joins Thor, Loki and Freya to complete Highland Park’s Valhalla Collection.
The single malt has been chosen to reflect the god’s intensely complex character and reputation as “the furious one” and the strongest of all the Norse gods. This is balanced with the distillery’s signature Orcadian style with Highland Park’s sweet and gentle smoky peat aromas.
Gerry Tosh, global marketing manager, said: “Odin, like its namesake, is an intense, powerful and complex whisky. Bottled at 55.8% ABV, it certainly lives up to the legend, a bold single malt higher in strength than Thor, Loki and Freya.
“In Odin, we have been able to add the final flourish to the Valhalla Collection, a stunning series of remarkable whiskies that offer affordability and exclusive collectability.
“Now that Odin has joined the ranks of the other gods in the Valhalla Collection, the first chapter in this series is complete. However, the Norse legends of old may still offer us future intrigues.”
With only 17,000 bottles released globally, the limited edition comes housed in the same distinctive award-winning wooden frame of Thor, Loki and Freya, echoing the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking long ship. The bottle itself reflects Odin’s character: dark and imperfect and slightly battle worn.
According to the tasting notes, it possesses a fierce spice on the nose with notes of cinnamon bark and nutmeg. Behind the spice, toasted walnuts smoulder with pulsating explosions of smoke.
A huge, powerful palate draws on the complexity of Odin’s character, with layers of peat and dense oak combined with rich charred walnuts.
There is a subtle sweetness throughout the finish, recalling well-seasoned sherry wines. Plums and soft fruit disappear into the dark as the peaty embers glow into a smoky finale.