Starting this year our friends at Highland Park are releasing a series of four whiskys called the Valhalla Collection, inspired by the Norse gods. Coming out at a clip of one each year, the first one out of the gate is the big gun: Thor.
This 16-year-old whisky, from Orkney (where all HP hails from) is bottled at a hefty 104.2 proof, so consider that when approaching this spirit head-on.
A fun combination of traditional characteristics and really unique ones, Thor is an enigmatic and exciting little whisky. Woody and malty with evergreen, forest floor, and sawdust on the nose, it is a deeper and richer whisky than Highland Park usually is, less sweet and spicy than many of the distillery’s standard bottlings.
The body is very rich, a smoldering whisky that mixes orange and apple fruit, plus some banana, with those wood tones. Massive amounts of heat here. Add water to bring it back to a level easier to pick out the nuances.
Pretty insane packaging, by the by.
A- / $200 / highlandpark.co.uk