The 15-year-old Highland Park Freya, with ABV of 51.2% ABV, is described as being fresh, golden and seductive like the goddess who was the protector of the human race to whom souls travel to be renewed.
The limited-edition single malt is the third whisky in the Valhalla Collection, which takes inspiration from the Nordic gods, and follows releases Thor and Loki.
It comes housed in the same wooden frame as Thor and Loki, echoing the contours of a traditional Viking long ship.
Orkney – home to Highland Park distillery – was ruled by the Vikings and other Scandinavian rulers for hundreds of years until the 15th century.
The elegant new whisky is full-bodied but offers a white chocolate aroma with a fresh tropical fruitiness emerging from Highland Park’s trademark gentle, sweet smokiness.
On the nose, it presents notes of almond and Madagascan vanilla plus white chocolate followed by candied cherries and a wave of mango, melon and cream soda.
Surrounded by fragrant peat, the flavours are of orange peel, butterscotch and rose petals along with orange blossom and ginger. Lively popping candy, lemongrass and tropical fruits are lightly shrouded in peat smoke.
To finish, it is complex but balanced, giving lingering spice and soft peat smoke intertwined with soft orchard fruits, toasted coconut and a light char, providing a rounded depth.
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