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Highland Park Valknut

Overall rating
85.45/100
votes
185
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Legend
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
46.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L03918 L04
Barcode
5010314307035
Added on
06 Aug 2018 5:29 pm by brandyhill1

Average value

€ 71,35

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Valknut

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.45 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Scandinavian Stones

    The Highland Park Valknut is the second whisky in the Viking Legend series, with a design by Danish designer Jim Lyngvild. The Valknut, the symbol on the label, consists of three triangles that flow into each other, as can often be seen on old Scandinavian stones. It refers to the god Odin. It is said that this HP is more smoky than the standard releases.

    The nose is quite coastal, but I would not really call it smoky. It’s a good nose, don’t get me wrong. Very clean and sweet on vanilla, yellow apples and peach with a hint of sultanas and flowery honey. Heather and even a touch of smoked salmon. Nice.

    The body is fine, almost creamy. Lots of vanilla and apples before some maritime notes and peat appear. Yes, it becomes pretty smoky now. Good balance. Seaweeds and peach go hand in hand. This is very pleasant and quaffable.

    The finish is long, on sweet malt and liquorice, with a smoky touch and a bit of zest from pink grapefruit at the death.

    While not overly complex, this is more outspoken than the recently tasted Dragon Legend. Around 65 EUR. Thanks for the sample, Manny.

  2. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Simple but does the job. Can’t complain.
    • Nose
      Sea breeze, fresh and clean. With time raw cookie dough with vanilla chips. With time a soft touch of raisin comes in.
    • Taste
      Vanilla sweetness, the classic HP heather smoke creeping in. With time a maritime presence starts to sneak in.
    • Finish
      Hint of coal smoke and some burnt wood. Creamy vanilla long finish.

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not a big sherry impact here, clearly all refill. Not very complex either, but it does have a really nice balance and a lot of taste which makes this a dram that I can keep pouring all evening without boring me. When comparing it to the Svein, Valkyrie and Dragon Legend, it really stands out how much more aromatic this one is. Especially in comparison to the first two.
    • Nose
      Right away that typical NAS HP nose, mixing that particular light peat with a vanilla cookie-like maltiness. Also a really present fruitiness of apple, yellow raisin and peach.
    • Taste
      The peat is slightly more present, but still balanced by those vanilla cookies and a considerable amount of apple.
    • Finish
      The peat becomes more liquorice-like and even more in the foreground, with that maltiness behind it.

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N- Peat fire baked apple pie with cinnamon and cloves. Earl Grey undertones with nutty biscotti. Distant burn ashy smoke. Cocoa honey with earth for elegantly sweet and spicy nose. All good but feel a wee component. (87/21)

    P- Utterly velvet with nose rising hot zest, toasted peels with sweet honey smokes. Playful earthy peat whirling with more spices coated cut green apples... green apple that has been soaked in salt water, quite superb. (92/23)

    F- Long, compote of spicy, dried and sweet. Bitter chocolate, baked apple, almond and nuts. Echoing salted spicy kumquat, black pepper corn with lasting chewiness. (92/23)

    B/B- 90/22 Solid and colourful. But lightly underwhelming aroma.

    Weighted Rate- 89pt

    Cr-1, Fr-2, Fl-2, Pt-2, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-2
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Peat fire baked apple pie with cinnamon and cloves. Earl Grey undertones with nutty biscotti. Distant burn ashy smoke. Cocoa honey with earth for elegantly sweet and spicy nose. All good but feel a wee component. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Utterly velvet with nose rising hot zest, toasted peels with sweet honey smokes. Playful earthy peat whirling with more spices coated cut green apples... green apple that has been soaked in salt water, quite superb. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Long, compote of spicy, dried and sweet. Bitter chocolate, baked apple, almond and nuts. Echoing salted spicy kumquat, black pepper corn with lasting chewiness. (92/23)

      B/B- 90/22 Solid and colourful. But lightly underwhelming aroma.

      Weighted Rate- 89pt

      Cr-1, Fr-2, Fl-2, Pt-2, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-2
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  5. Matthias80 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Tasted whisky ship ZH 2018
    N: zest, smoke, orange, vanilla
    G: Spicy and strong, smoke, not unpleasant, caramel, maybe some pineapple, slightly herbaceous, vanilla
    A: Smoke, Vanilla, Orange
    Strong whisky, young and edgy

  6. DB1965 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Bit of a disappointing HP. Nice that the percentage of alcohol is somewhat higher.
    • Nose
      83 83
      A smoky aroma, also vanilla, tyme, honey.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy, smoky, vanilla, black pepper, oak.
    • Finish
      84 84
      short smoky finish, sweet and spicy.

  7. Dyno scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    tried from a sample. Nice dram, all these recent NAS (Valkyrie, Valfather,...) seem to profit the solid ABV's. A bit more spikey maybe then some others but the oxidation in the bottle could play a role. Quite liked the sample I had, hope to try it again some day.

  8. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      Peat smoke, coastal notes, grainy, cereals, Heather, hay, honey
    • Taste
      82 82
      Peat smoke, salty, nutty, toffee, honey, sweet, sherry, vanilla
    • Finish
      82 82
      Quite long, herbs, spicy, honey, smoky

  9. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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