Highland Park Valkyrie is a single malt Scotch with no age statement. It's part of the new gimmicky line from Highland Park where everything has a viking theme but lacks an age statement. The story is written well enough that they're able to charge a substantial amount of money for all of their NAS whiskys. I don't have anything against vikings, I actually have a half sleeve of Odin on my right arm, I just feel this new line from Highland Park is reaching.
Yes, we know there was a big viking presence in the Orkney Islands, but c'mon. Does the whole line need a fancy story?
Anyway, Valkyrie. It was their replacement to Dark Origins which is my favorite Highland Park product I've tried. How does it stack up?
Valkyrie is triple matured in a combination or American and European sherry-seasoned oak, as well as ex-bourbon American oak. It's sherried and peated with 50% peated malt used. Non chill filtered and no color added (the way I prefer all whisky) and bottled at 45.9% abv.
Color is medium dark with some red hue from the sherry.
Nose is lighter than I'd expect, almost floral with very light peat notes.
Taste is a little on the sweet side, mild smoke and floral. The finish doesn't linger as long as most peated whiskys do. Since this isn't an Islay whisky, the peat is much more mild than whiskys from that region.
It's definitely no Dark Origin that's for sure, but neat this is pretty enjoyable. Is it close to $100 a bottle enjoyable? Definitely not. If it were half that price I'd recommend it, but due to the high price tag on almost everything HP, I can't give this a buy recommendation from me. I gave it a 7.8 out of 10 while neat. Avoid ice!
Final thoughts: Good whisky but over-priced. Let's stop with all the story-telling. One-offs are cool, but the entire core line is just over doing it. Bring back age statements.
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