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.