Highland Park Valknut

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Legend
Sherry Casks
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L03918 L04
Added on
06 Aug 2018 5:29 pm by brandyhill1

Average value

€ 70.96

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Valknut

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.77 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
      85 85
      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
      86 86
      The peat is slightly more present, but still balanced by those vanilla cookies and a considerable amount of apple.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The peat becomes more liquorice-like and even more in the foreground, with that maltiness behind it.

  4. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    NOSE: Sweet cedar wood, dried fruits, typical sherry cask notes. Also hints of smoke and sulphur. Later bourbon cask like notes appear; hints of vanilla and dried banana. (86-87p).
    TASTE:  The arrival is quite soft, with a touch of sweetness. Then dried fruits, then some (mild) wood tannins. Not very complex but quite nice nonetheless. (87p).
    EXIT: Sweetness, mild tannins, a slight bitter touch, mild pepper. Medium long aftertaste. (86-87p).
    OVERALL: Could this be a bourbon matured malt, finished in a refill sherry cask? Or a mix of bourbon and refill sherry cask matured malts? TOTAL SCORE 86 (87) points.

  5. praisethepasta scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    very nice NAS bottling from HP, a well balanced rather easy sipper, HP seem to be back on track with this one after some pretty mediocre releases in the recent past
    • Nose
      86 86
      peaty and fruity (red fruit, ripe apples and pears), with nuts, a bit of hay and heather signature HP (although rather shy)
    • Taste
      85 85
      dryer than the nose, less peaty and more fruity, after adding water the things I picked up in the nose return.
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium long, soft, dry and nutty

  6. Don Cassi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Very fleshy on the nose. Behind it ripe banana and sour notes (vinegar?). Possibly a subtle trail of smoke. I also imagine Mediterranean herbs (thyme?). With the addition of water, an association with liquorice and a little gingerbread.

    Peppery-spicy and somewhat fruity in the mouth. Behind it a slight ashy note. Maybe a little too thin. Somewhat better and fruity with water.

    In the finish, then clearly cold ash, behind some fruit. Above this, an espresso note forms with and with, which covers everything else. More fruit again with water.
    Length: 5/10

    Quite nice but for me it is too fleshy in the nose and too thin in the mouth. In addition, I find neither HP typical notes of heather or honey nor typical sherry fruits or chocolate. Can be done, does not have to be.

    Edit: after adding water and standing for a while (approx. 45min), the fleshy notes of the nose and soft fruity aromas vanish. The mouthfeel and finish also seem fuller and more chocolaty to me. So I'm adjusting the rating upwards.

    Grade: 2+

  7. zodchy scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Bright nose, smoked notes. Fairly well balanced malt
    • Nose
      Salty splashes, smoked meats, even a slightly aged aroma. Average duration.
    • Taste
      Fresh taste of sea salt, sea shore. Further pepperiness, sweetness, iris.
    • Finish
      Very good long aftertaste. Salt, butterscotch sweetness.

  8. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park Valknut (46.8%). Quite a dark golden. Aroma is maple syrup, golden syrup, slightly papery but mostly impressions of sweetness, some lemon and honeyed biscuit. Quite interesting. Taste is soft and easy, light biscuity vibes, softest building peat, some complex floral salty biscuity vibes run into one another, faint burnt salted citrus. This interesting atypical flavour may be coming from sherry seasoned American oak - I am certainly not tasting typical 'sherry' flavours though. Over time there's a richer toffee note. Even as a peatier HP it's not that peaty. This is not bad at all. One of the most complex and well balanced HPs I've tried recently, and it has a unique flavour profile. Certainly doesn't taste young despite the lack of an age statement. Fun to try. 3.5/84

  9. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83


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