Highland Park Loki
70cl / 48.7%
15 Year Old Valhalla Collection
- Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
The second entry in Highland Park's Valhalla Collection is a whisky representing the shape-shifting nature of Loki, the trickster. Aged for 15 years and presented in the collection's Viking longship inspired wooden frame, it's a whisky that changes between nose and palate, and shifts around in the glass.
Highland Park Loki Reviews
Tasting notes by Billy A
Nose: Spiced apple, oat cakes, floral hints and waxy wood polish. Sharp apple appears after a while (boiled down sour apple juice) with lime boiled sweets, green anis and porridgey grain.
Palate: Soft and juicy to start, with apples and custard, turning woody, smoky and spicy in the middle, with rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, and lots of sour wood. Wood builds through the palate, becoming sweeter and ending on a dark spicy note.
Finish: Apple skins, driftwood and sweet vanilla, with a hot cinnamon and clove tingle.
Nose: A spirited lift of dried bitter orange which quickly turns into lemon peels. Cardamom notes trick then tease the nose, before an enticing hit of gingerbread develops. With water, liquorice and aromatic smoke are both unleashed.
Palate: The true shape-shifting ability of Loki springs to life on the palate: its waxy texture is amplified by an intense smoke that doesn't appear on the nose, shattering the light citrusy illusion of the aroma. All is not what it seems. The smoke fades as liquorice and rich spiced apple flavours come out to play. Lemon and grapefruit are consistent throughout this elusive, yet intriguing character. With a touch of water, lingering notes of melted dark chocolate over spent embers leave a soft smoky impression.
Finish: As Loki departs, he leaves behind toasted cloves, hickory smoke and soft vanilla. It is constantly changing, from appearance to finish. Loki is an enigma and truly another whisky of the gods.