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Highland Park Freya

Overall rating
86.21/100
votes
311
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Valhalla Collection
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
19000
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0524R L10
Barcode
5010314301354
Added on
05 Feb 2014 8:58 pm by maverick6462
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 490.53

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Freya

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.21 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Thiis is a one trick pony, it is all front loaded and once you get through the zesty fruit notes mixed with honey there is very little else worthy of note.

    I like the sweetness but it lacks balance for me but t.here are parts of it i like and it is nice to try a first fill bourbon from HP because they are so different.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma:
    Charming with fruit and vanilla, hint of smoke and oak, spices, slightly "little" aromatic and very appealing.

    Taste:
    With warm, full, sweet, spicy, with smoke and oak, spices (clove?)
    No softener if a little different and a little more feminine than usual.
    The alcohol is very well integrated, does not need water ...

    finish:
    Soft with smoke and sweetness, oriental spices, minimal tart oak note, balanced and slightly mellow finish.

    Tasty but also expensive ...

  3. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A delicious HP from the first-fill Bourbon Cask, fine, elegant, but also a bit fleeting. (I like the Cask Orkney in comparison but better.)
    • Nose
      87 87
      Grapefruit, light honey, a mini track of smoke, abrasion of lemon, star fruit, jasmine flowers, minimally alcoholic in the nose, freshly cut beech hedge, ginger, pebbles on the beach, almond cream, linseed oil
    • Taste
      86 86
      light, watery-spicy, ginger, pepper, dark chocolate, grapefruit, star fruit, light honey, candied ginger, lemon confectionery, jasmine black tea, almond cream
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium-length, spicy, fine-sweet, grapefruit, candied ginger, jasmine black tea, slightly astringent, slightly fine-smoky, at the end comes even bergamot

  4. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
      Citrus, Apple, Applecake, Vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pear, Apple, Vanilla, New Wood
    • Finish
      87 87
      Strong Vanilla and Oak Cask

  5. Bram84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. My.Whisky.Journal scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Style: Green Fruits, Oaky and Spicy

    Nose:

    Peppermint arrowhead stringing a thin thread of lemon honey heather behind. Raw but reasonably fragrant tropical fruits, followed by an unexpected blot of sooty peat. Once it opens up pineapple panna cotta gently dusted with icing sugar comes in focus. Black and white peppercorn, a light briny end to it.

    Palate:

    A rather white pepper driven start on the palate. Starfruits, oak-infused barley, green tropical fruits and lemon aloe vera jelly. Almost metallic at some point. Peat smoke churning lightly, sea salt, followed by a spicy spike, peppermint, chilli seeds and ginger shreds. Wood shavings, chocolate malt, it is surprisingly bitter. Minimal mango sweetness, chocolate malt and nutmeg to finish.

    Finish:

    More nutmeg, black and white pepper sprinkled all over guava and subtle fruity sweetness.

    Thoughts:

    A surprisingly green and spicy Highland Park here, plenty of oak as well. Not a usual HP which is generally less dry and juicer. I didn’t enjoy this profile too much, maybe I was wrong to presume the goddess of love have to be something sweet? But instead we got something on the other side of the spectrum. I guess it is a curve ball whisky that some might find it interesting. Borderline tick, maybe?

    ✓ [Recommended if you like the Style/ Distillery]

    [51.2% / Original Bottling / 2014 Bottled / Cask Strength / Limited Edition / T-]

  7. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Bourbon barrels and Highland Park are a perfect match. Next to Full Volume and The Light again an example of this.
    • Nose
      At first very restrained, a delicate flowery freshness and sweetness rise towards me. After about twenty minutes fresh lime, mint and a distinct hint of vanilla, accompanied by fresh coconut water. The longer the whisky stands and breathes, the more coastal character comes through, gentle spray and a hint of smoke. After another ten minutes you can still feel white tea, fresh lavender and green apple. Diluted: notes of roasted malt, aromatic-tender smoke and mango
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly peppery spicy. Sweet-sour pickled ginger and fresh leaves soften the whole thing immediately and the fresh character from the nose returns. Lemon abrasion and green plum, but also oatmeal cookies, herbal hay and sparkling spicy wood. Diluted: chewy, creamy and very malty. A pleasant blend of aromatic spices settles in the mouth
    • Finish
      long, dry, with bitter oranges and tender honey

  8. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Great HP, bourbon maturing and high ABV is good, thought it's overpriced!
    • Nose
      Sweet Peat, citruses, honey, tropical fruits and menthol.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Spicy oak, orange peel, pear, yellow apple and touch of smoke.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, smoky, sour.

  9. peatbogger scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    Tasted after Viking Legends tour at HP.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. peatbogger scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    My least favourit of the Valhalla serie. Would not have been noticed as something special without the packaging. But as the godess in the serie the profile is suiting.
    • Nose
      Very light, fresh and fruity on the nose.

      Citrus and apples. Some vanilla and a little heather peat.
    • Taste
      Quite rough on the attack compared to the gentle nose.

      Hot spice, citric, almost acidic.

      Turning towards gentler notes of grain and grass.
    • Finish
      Medium+ lenght with drying and bitter tanins. 

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