Highland Park Loki

Overall rating
87.65/100
votes
397
Whiskybase ID
WB40887
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Valhalla Collection
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Spanish Sherry Casks & Heavily Peated Casks
Number of bottles
21000
Strength
48.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L005R L10 25
Barcode
5010314300111
Added on
18 mar 2013 7:32 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 581.53

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Loki

38 users have left 41 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.65 points.

  1. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A bolder peat than standard up’s, underneath is soft red fruits, and light spice with a nice malt and oak. A nice edition, but not worth its price as there are much cheaper equally good peated drams
    • Nose
      88 88
      Red apple, peat, malt, brine, wine gum
    • Taste
      89 89
      Big peat starts, then sweetness quickly overtakes, strawberry, plum, smokey and salty
    • Finish
      87 87
      Spices, peat & oak add a dryness, but the fruits are now shy

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  3. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. DailyDramMontreal scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Delicate oak, red fruits, cinnamon, slight smokyness, vanilla, earthy. Salt. Very inviting
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very soft texture, lots of red berries, cinnamon again, very slight smoke again, a bit of bitterness from a dry sherry cask i'd suppose, oak, definitely more in the typical HP ADN than the Freya imo. Herbal notes as well.
    • Finish
      83 83
      This is where it's less interesting, i think the final is medium but the bitterness makes it a bit less fun than some other Valhalla's editions. Pretty much on the oaky notes and dry spices.

  6. kanpai79 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Touch of smoke, slightly fruity, acidic with a little oak.
    A rather subdued first impression ...

    Taste:
    Slightly spicy, yes now with smoke and oak, slightly sweet and fruity.

    Departure:
    soft, tart-sweet with notes of wood and a hint of fruit and some smoke.

    20 minutes later:

    Somewhat fruity appearance accompanied by smoky aroma and vanilla.

    Spicy, tart-sweet, fruity when sipped, quite complex, spicy notes (clove) and various wood tones join.

    So it then turns into a soft finish, slightly astringent with wood tannins, slightly tart, hint of fruit and sweetness.

    * A little water gives more expression: light smoky aroma, fruity component, vanilla, light sweetness.

    Slurping: sweetish-tart, spicy, thoroughly fruity with a slight sharpness, and smoke.

    Slightly covers the palate with tart oak notes, some fruit, smoke, at the end slightly malty and sweet, with a long finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Bram84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    By no means overly alcoholic, not too young and the clear smoke is the Loki very well to face. Delicious.
    • Nose
      mineral, chalky, bitter orange, vanilla, fennel and aniseed, cardamom, ginger, licorice and eucalyptus. In addition, a subliminal, sooty smoke of smoldering softwood (cedar)
    • Taste
      creamy, waxy, powerful, grilled citrus fruit, fleur de sel, spicy honey tones, some black pepper, clove, more pronounced smoke than in the nose
    • Finish
      ashen, warm and smooth with melted dark chocolate

  10. Gris scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great for us that the mouth is a lot better than the nose, but it remains a little below Thor. It is nevertheless an excellent whisky, bringing a different touch to the range and suggesting great possibilities to vary the pleasures :D

    http://www.justanotherdram.com/en/tasting-notes/highland-park-loki-2.html
    • Nose
      A brutal and strong alcohol attack. A rather mineral whisky with some slightly fruity touches. More spicy notes are felt after a while. The nose is not as complex and pleasant as for its predecessor… and even a little disappointing.
    • Taste
      More pleasant than the nose foreshadowed! You can feel more fuity notes, including apples and grapefruit. We also have peaty and earthy notes. A touch of spices, honey and ginger. Very pleasant!
    • Finish
      A long and fruity finish, on citrus fruits.

  11. lincolnimp scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    The more I think about this whisky the worse it gets, there are no positives apart from the fact it is drinkable.

    Loki is the God of mischief well HP big wigs are being a lot more than merely mischievous by asking this sort of money something so ordinary, shame on them.

    This is a £50 whisky tops, they destroyed some poor trees for this, which is an injustice.
    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      71 71

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    Nothing wrong with it but I must not be in the mood for whisky tonight because this particular HP I found quite boring, perhaps because it does not resemble any HP profile wise.
    • Nose
      The nose is honeyed with candied fruits and a little brine but is far from expressive.
    • Taste
      Lots of peat mixed with white fruits and honey. Lemon comes through mixed with peat and something nutty and there is plenty of oak
    • Finish
      It is actually quite long and has a slight hotness?

  13. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balanced than Odin, though the heavily peated casks don't exaggerate.
    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla, marzipan, spicy oak and citruses. Touch of peat and antique leather.
    • Taste
      Oily and malty. Milk caramel, nutella, cocoa, marzipan and oak.
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, spicy, oaky, sweet, ashy.

  14. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A collector's dram labels more than drinkers, it lacks complexity but undeniably brings immediate pleasure with a lot of generosity in the mouth. The nose is quite unusual, however.
    Enthusiasm 4/5
    Whisky n ° 1272
    • Nose
      Cooked fruit, honey, grassy notes (probably from peat barrels Heavily Peated Casks?). A little shy, I think.
    • Taste
      That's volume! Elegant and melted, hint of honey, caramel and chocolate.
    • Finish
      Final easy, extremely drinkable. Slight late drought.

  15. Gris scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A nose that can leave a little perplexed, lacking finesse but is caught up by a powerful and balanced mouth.
    • Nose
      A brutal and strong attack of alcohol, with some slightly fruity touches. More spicy notes are then felt
    • Taste
      More pleasant than the nose suggested. The fruits are felt more, including apples and grapefruit. We also have peaty and earthy notes. A touch of spice.
    • Finish
      A long and fruity finish, on citrus fruits.

  16. Sherrybomber scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  17. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. Daan Tje scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  19. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  20. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Here are my tasting notes:

    Nose: Greek vanilla yogurt; honey comb; marzipan; cloves; nutmeg; almond milk.Palate: Full-bodied maltiness; creamy caramel; nougat; marzipan once more; white chocolate; café latte with cinnamon.Finish: Mid-tongue moves to front position (near the tip) and lasts quite long there; a tingle of nutmeg; honey suckle; ginger; and finally all-spice with a hint of clove cigarette on the death.In my view, this bottle and stand are one of the best presentations in the entire history of the whisky industry. Absolute stunner. A keepsake.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Very balanced with this little touch of peat and smoke, it's a bit lacking of fruitiness but it's a very good and solid whisky without any faults and actually interetsing to drink.
    • Nose
      Leathery, little peaty and smoky, oaky, some lemony
    • Taste
      Thick, oily, punchy, nutty, oaky, just a subtle sweetness
    • Finish
      Long and warm

  23. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. Bosi scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    This is by far my favorite bottling of Highland Park. As always very complex, but this time the access is easier for me from the beginning than at other Highland parks.
    • Nose
      Everything starts with a light smoke, like a distant campfire, along with sweetness of sugar and cinnamon. Behind it hides a fresh mint, eucalyptus note.
    • Taste
      The pleasantly oily texture has a slight sherry sweetness, with peat almost tasting of Islay and the classic Highland Park salty, maritime touch.
    • Finish
      The smoke slowly gives way to sweetness. The finish is very well balanced and long.

  26. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This taste of this whisky differs very much from the nose. On the nose the smokey components are almost not noticeable but on the palate it play’s a quite prominent role. Where the nose is light and delicate the palate is assertive and powerful. This dram demands time and your full attention. This makes it a very interesting and great dram to spent your time with. Although the pale colour of this dram it packs an enormous amount of flavours. Lovely!

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-332-highland-park-loki-15-years/
    • Nose
      A delicate yet powerful, quite closed, light, fresh and balanced whisky with aroma’s of cedar wood, vanilla, honey, powdered sugar, leather, citrus, soft acetone note, hemp seeds, dried apple, mineral tones, dried orange peel, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, anise seeds, cereals, malt, porridge, green apple, hint of camphor, tangy tobacco (maybe a Virginia) and some waxy tones.
    • Taste
      A rich, powerful, full, assertive, surprising and complex whisky with aroma’s of lemon zest, red fruits, berries, bitter grapefruit, honey, pineapple, soft sea salt, marmalade, earthy peat, delicate smoke, red ginger, pepper, nutmeg, waxy, liquorice root, spiced baked apple, dark chocolate, orange peel, cinnamon, earthy tones, creamy vanilla, custard, spicy oak, drying tannins, rhubarb and returning to more spices.
    • Finish
      A long and spicy finish with aroma’s of ginger, spicy oak, hint of marzipan, milk chocolate, sweet citrus, vanilla, hot cinnamon, smokey sea breeze, clove, vanilla rice pudding and fresh apple.

  27. Peter87 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  28. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very changeable, but not worth the hype for me.
    • Nose
      Apples, but really green, behind them malt, a hint of smoke. Pretty changeable, sometimes sweet and slightly acidic and then malty.
    • Taste
      Malty, sweet, towards citrus a little peppery.
    • Finish
      After the pepper has disappeared he gets sweet for a while and then runs out quickly.

  29. newman346 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyharsimi8oytColor: Light Brown is not exotic as the container. Nose: A comfortable and refreshing light Salti shower. Attack: Lovely thin lacquer Gish. But you do not have Eg, Tsukune and bell pepper? Unexpectedly, I'd like to see session 1 of "Gone of loneliness" "Sorry, please make two two tsukune and a green pepper." Body: It's light, but I will lose the temptation of udon Tomorrow's Joe Mammoth Metabolic Heavyweight like the West. Taste: Oily and soy sauce gish. Gingergish is just good vulgarity. Dry Mitarashi dumpling feeling. Juwat Gumi. Oyajishi got a brooming feeling and wanted Asada candy. Finish: Light apple punch to wash the nose. Savory consommé punch. The feeling of caramel in the back is sticky and understated. It is quite a cup in the second cup of relaxation. Well, I do not need a box.

  30. The-Man-best-Friend did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In the middle of 2013, this was available in the internet retail trade in the purest packaging for just € 150.-.

  31. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    One of the most complex characters in Norse mythology, Loki constantly challenges the gods, questioning their order and hierarchy within Asgard. Yet with every treacherous situation he engineers, his actions ultimately create heroes amongst the other gods.

    Like its namesake, this whisky is unpredictable and impulsive, echoing the formidable weather of the Orkney Islands. It is a single malt which is both dynamic and energetic, with constantly evolving flavours and a fiendish inner complexity.

    Tasting Notes by Highland Park
    • Nose
      A spirited lift of dried bitter orange, which quickly turns into lemon peels. Cardamom notes trick then tease the nose, before an enticing hit of gingerbread develops. With water, liquorice and aromatic smoke are both unleashed.
    • Taste
      The true shape‐shifting ability of Loki springs to life on the palate: its waxy texture is amplified by an intense smoke that doesn't appear on the nose, shattering the light citrusy illusion of the aroma. All is not what it seems. The smoke fades as liquorice and rich spiced apple flavours come out to play. Lemon and grapefruit are consistent throughout this elusive, yet intriguing character. With a touch of water, lingering notes of melted dark chocolate over spent embers leave a soft smoky impression.
    • Finish
      As Loki departs, he leaves behind toasted cloves, hickory smoke and soft vanilla. It is constantly changing, from appearance to finish. Loki is an enigma and truly another whisky of the gods.

  32. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I was a tad worried
    on the nose, but on the palate and in the finish this dram proves again what a
    gem it truly is. In that sense, the name is apt, for according to Norse
    mythology, Loki is a dual and mysterious figure. This malt is that if nothing
    else!
    • Nose
      The first thing that
      I notice on the nose is the big dose of peat. I am almost transported to Islay.
      Mineral elements (think wet rocks) as well as medicinal touches such as camphor
      and iodine. Leather. Reminds me more of Caol Ila than Highland Park, to be
      honest. I am also reminded of a farm. But where it the fruit? It takes quite a
      while before some oranges and honey come along. The spices on duty are ginger,
      vanilla, nutmeg and some aniseed. A bit atypical to say the least. Not a bad
      nose, but I expected a little more.
    • Taste
      It is a whole
      different ballgame on the palate. It becomes big, spicy and sweet. Loads of
      citrus (both lemon, lime and oranges), sprinkled with ginger and curry!
      Midpalate it even becomes slightly tropical. Think pineapple, peach and mango.
      Quite zesty as well. The peat is doing its best and offers a grand smokiness
      that takes me to a bonfire on the beach.
    • Finish
      The finish is pretty
      long, sweet versus salty, with that lingering big spiciness. Wonderful!

  33. Peatpilgrim scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    A Very good Version of HP, but in my opinion there are multiple problems here:

    1: around 160€ for a 15 y.o SM that has (only *wink*) 21000 bottles.....

    2: a whole lot of money for a whisky as it should be : Non-Chill Filtered, natural colour and a higher strengh

    3: all this super-hyper-mega marketing.. in their event they even used the " Epic Meal Time" theme... strange!
    • Nose
      Mint, white chocolate, subtle smoke, dark cask ale, wet leaves, fresh soil, heather, wet, dry (dont judge!) dry wood, fireworks, onion pickle
    • Taste
      Smoky, very distillers-edition like, chocolate, subtle peatyness, pepper, chili, oily, cheesy, cheddar, salty, pear, peat, heather
    • Finish
      Peat, heather, crisp, smoke and a subtle sweetness emerges later

  34. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    'How Much?'

    N: Woody, rich, meaty/yeasty, pepper/chilli, subtle sherry, saline notes and sherried fruit sugars. Smells very dense as if its held back by its own weight. Not getting any peat.
    T: Wonderful spicy sweet rich arrival. Maritime and chilli notes [as detected on the nose] and cocoa and chilli chocolate coming through later, but those sour saline notes are never far away. Another hint of a sherry here and a caramel sweetness creeping in over time
    F: Maritime wood spices follow the wonderful subtle sherry sweetness influence albeit too faint in the mix, but then the whole thing fizzles out leaving a dank saline note. Didn't detect any peat or even a charred note that some have mentioned.
    C: Wonderful clean spicy arrival which promises much but fizzles out. HOW MUCH?!!

    Scores a B

  35. checkpointuk scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/limitierte-highland-park-loki-und-cadenheads-25-jaehrige-small-batch-abfuellung-31629/   Color : straw yellow
    Nose: Salty lemon with heather and honey, floral-fruity, but also old leather with a dull, earthy and slightly smoky note. Vanilla, cream and lime liqueur. Interplay of flavors!
    Taste: Thinner lemon juice with direct, dry onset, bitter-sweet becoming. Rather flat, but now with more honey. In the piquant-bitter wood flavors, the pepper note is now stronger.
    Finish: Medium length - salty, tart and bitter. Dry wood with green nutshells and towards the end some cocoa.
    Note: The taste starts with about 82 points, but then falls off noticeably!
    79 points (nose: 85 / taste: 79 / finish: 74)

  36. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I only had one dram of this one, but wow, what an experience! I really need to try this one again because it really delivers something special.
    • Nose
      Sweet and sour citrus, caramelized lemon peel and briny sea grass. You can really sense the complexity of this one. After some water, hints of honey or white sugar appears.
    • Taste
      The sides of the tongue are immediately coated with bitter sweet honey and grapefruit. A second wave of fruits appear, could it be red apples I catch? with bitter almond? This is followed by lime and some herbs. A nice waxy mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      This is the first appearance of the peat in my opinion, honey, black pepper and marzipan. 

  37. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful expression!

  38. Sonett scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      An oily nose of herbs, peat, orange peel and a salty waxy honey tone
    • Taste
      Enters powerful with sweet honey and marmalade mixed with coastal peaty tastes
    • Finish
      A rather long peppery finish drying off a bit leaving some sweet honey at the end

  39. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: oily and fruity - apricots and peaches
    T: fudge, lemon and spices
    F: oily, bitter and heath
    single dram note `Whisky in Leiden`

  40. Alex did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Big whisky that is - Serge at Whiskyfun gave it high 92 points! Tasting notes were published on April 5. http://www.whiskyfun.com/

      

  41. granella2003 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Salty sea spray jumps out the glass at first before revealing candied orange
      peel and a more refined version of the balsamic note present in other Highland
      Parks. Buttery toffee, raisins and oatiness. Or is it actually waxy with hints
      of ginger? What was that about shape-shifting again? Stewed apples and lemon
      zest now, lime and a little honey.
    • Taste
      A hit of sweet smoke from the peated cask
      maturation gives way to cinnamon, ginger and increasingly nutmeg with marmalade.
    • Finish
      Milk chocolate, ginger, a little marzipan before
      the toasted cloves that Highland Park promise make a late appearance

  42. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTESNose:A spirited lift of dried bitter orange which quickly turns into lemon peels. Cardamom notes trick then tease the nose, before an enticing hit of gingerbread develops. With water, liquorice and aromatic smoke are both unleashed.Palate:The true shape-shifting ability of Loki springs to life on the palate: its waxy texture is amplified by an intense smoke that doesn`t appear on the nose, shattering the light citrusy illusion of the aroma. All is not what it seems. The smoke fades as liquorice and rich spiced apple flavours come out to play. Lemon and grapefruit are consistent throughout this elusive, yet intriguing character. With a touch of water, lingering notes of melted dark chocolate over spent embers leave a soft smoky impression.Finish:As Loki departs, he leaves behind toasted cloves, hickory smoke and soft vanilla. It is constantly changing, from appearance to finish. Loki is an enigma and truly another whisky of the gods.(www.highlandpark.co.uk/the-tasting-room/valhalla-collection/loki)

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