Highland Park Freya 15 Years Old Valhalla Collection 51,2% NV
€ 395,00 (in Vat)
|Cask Type||1st Fill Bourbon Casks|
Freya ( named after the Norse Goddess of Love) was released quite a few months ago, but I only managed to taste it the other day. I quite liked Thor and Loki who preceded her in this line of Hp’s Valhalla Collection. Freya comes in the same wooden “long ship” case, and nicely shaped bottle , but is quite different in flavour profile from her two older “siblings”.
Serge Valentin (82)
I know, I'm very late. Apparently, Freya used to be the Norse goddess of love. Why not choose a pink bottle then, instead of this Flubber green?
Colour: white wine.
Nose: it is Highland Park au naturel, close to the barley, with some beer, some leaven, some mashed vegetables, some barley water, some almonds and then touches of melon skin (not the flesh), apple peelings and cut grass. I find it pretty austere and very ‘Northern Highlands’, and even a little old skool. With water: even more grains, as well as a little wood smoke. Notes of greengages bring a little fruitiness.
Mouth (neat): a little pungent, quite peppery, acrid, with even more peelings and skins than in the nose. Plenty of nutmeg and ginger, probably from some rather active oak. Not a rounded, polished HP for sure. With water: more of all that, with also a little leather and leaves. Chewing tobacco.
Finish: quite long, relatively smoky. Lemon, then more oaky spices in the aftertaste.
Comments: I enjoy the ‘honesty’ in this, but I don’t find this green and smoky goddess of love particularly sexy.
Gal Granov (89)
Nose: Fresh and citrusy. Lemon curd. Green apple peel(Granny Smith sort of) creamy vanilla and good malty DNA going on . Hint of the slightest hint of peat. White pepper too. Quite different than the previous two warriors,but very good so far.
Palate: Starts off with creamy vanilla on top of green fruit, old school sweets, and quite a bit of sweet and spicy wood. Oak, apples and more of that sweet n’ spicy wood. It’s a nice interplay and the flavours come and go in waves. The peat is more pronounced here but not overpowering.
Finish : Sweet oak. Peaty dark chocolate and fruit.
It’s a lovely dram no doubt, very very different than LOKI and THOR but not in a bad way. Fresh, and very enticing with the zestiness and peat in the background. Solid stuff,If you’re going to drink it rather than put it as decoration on the shelf.