Highland Park Valfather

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Legend
47.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Aug 2019 11:28 am by maltaholic

Average value

€ 68,03

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Valfather

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.31 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    Thanks to ronnholt for this sample.
    Around what I've come to expect from a NAS HP.
    Not too complex, but somehow saved by being bottled at a higher ABV which delivers the flavours favourably.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Compaired to the 10 and 12 there is a little more smoke, more peaty. It's also a bit sweeter on the sherry.
      Other than that, the usual HP notes; apple, citrus, heather honey.
      It's got both similarities and slight differences from the core range, almost like a mix of 10 & 18.
      A bit too much alc up front, but then it's at a decent 47% so I'm not complaining.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Starts of with a sweet and very nice rich caramel chocolate in combination with red fruits.
      Initially not much smoke, but it emerges midway as it gets a bit dryer. However I wouldn't call it peaty.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium lenght. Wood and smoke, drying and slightly bitter.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    I found this one too weak to be really enjoyable, lacked profile and flavour all round.
    Save your money and get the Dragon Legend which is cheaper & much better.
    Some pretty inactive casks in the mix I feel?
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  3. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
      apple, pear, smoke, vanilla
    • Taste
      75 75
      peat, fruit, vanilla, pepper
    • Finish
      74 74
      peat, fruit, vanilla, pepper, waxy finish

  4. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The whisky has 47% alcohol and has a gold color with a small amber
    touch in it.

    The nose starts with that typical highland park peat. Floral, sherry and a nutty scent. Clear walnut and dried fruit. As the whisky opens in the glass it becomes clear that the peat is slightly more powerful than I am used to from a highland park.

    I take
    the first sip and so hey! That's a whole lot more peat than I expected. For a moment I was blown away by it, but I repacked myself and took another sip to further discover the whisky. The whisky is nicely balanced with the nose. Has a pepper, soft sherry influences, floral, plums, raisins, dried fruit but certainly also fresh fruit such as an apple and a pear and a woody taste. Still, something strange happens in my mouth with this whisky ... the whisky starts greasy but suddenly turns into an incredibly dry mouthfeel. Very special. But very welcome.

    The aftertaste has a lot of pepper, some greasiness, nuts and that earthy peat.

  5. Dyno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    pretty peaty for HP, not bad, not great... Enjoyable, nice ABV, seems uncoloured, only thing missing is an age statement... ?

  6. Myke scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The smoke stays in my nose and I totally miss the taste - but should not be seen as a point of criticism. Those who have respect for smoky whiskys can confidently access them here: the smoke is minimal here.
    • Nose
      84 84
      first a very light (sweet) smoke note, which has something of the HP typical heather in the beginning. Later I also find charred wood / charcoal (from the tasting notes: roasted cedarwood; well, with imagination) [as if you had made a wood campfire and then thrown in heather]. Behind it are apple and pear as light fruits as well as some vanilla and a little citrus-like (sour lime). All in all balanced between sour and sweet notes together with a light campfire smoke.
    • Taste
      84 84
      very soft and sweet at the start. The wort builds up nicely and is distributed in the mouth. Gets drier out the back and something covers the tongue. I don't find a smoke note at all. On the second sip, more vanilla and spices (nutmeg / pepper). The oak aroma is there, but somehow restrained. Overall very warm in the throat. Interesting.
    • Finish
      81 81
      relatively short to medium-long aftertaste with spice and oak aroma. Some smoke (dry campfire character) appears very late. Is getting drier, but pleasant.

  7. Martin1965 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, heather, vanilla, citrus, apple, pear
    • Taste
      Smoke, sweet, vanilla, in the background citrus, light fruit
    • Finish
      Medium long with sweet spices

      Another Highland Park, the smoke is in the foreground.

  8. sakis scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. GJR scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Restrained odor. Slight sherry influence (seasoned american oak with olorosso for 2 year). Very subtle smoke in the background (Most smoky Highland Park?)
    • Taste
      86 86
      More balanced. Smokiness starts by coming up with more power and starts playing with the sweetness and fruitiness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Well balanced now. Smokiness is and remains present, but drops back into the background a bit more. The best of the three in this series.

  10. Fabian scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Third and last of the Jim Lyngvild series (Valkyrie, Valknut, Valfather).
    From those 3 I liked Valfather the most, but non of these 3 belong to my favorite Highland Parks!


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