Highland Park Valkyrie

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Legend
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
45.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
02 Apr 2017 9:54 am by mds51

Average value

€ 75.95

67 × in wishlist

572 × member ratings

2014 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Valkyrie

105 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.71 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      In the first few minutes I find the Highland Park slightly alcoholic (subtle stinging in the nose), but after ten to 15 minutes in the glass, the nose is much more pleasant. A summery freshness with bright fruits and plenty of honey caresses my nose tip. I see green apples, pears, apricots and citrus fruits, followed by plenty of vanilla and caramel. The background is always a pleasant smoke. Echoes of oak spiciness are already detectable, albeit very discreet. After a good 20 minutes, red fruits flash, fresh strawberries and raspberries push forward. Very complex - makes you want more!
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is pleasantly oily and soft at the beginning, then a noticeable pepperiness begins at the tip of the tongue. The smoke is much more dominant than expected (for my taste more intense than the Highland Park 12 years), the fruit notes are still very cloudy. The second sip is dominated by smoke and pepperiness, the bright fruits, in combination with vanilla and honey, from the nose have (unfortunately) difficult to set flavor accents. Delicately bitter chocolate, leather and hints of red fruits make for a reasonably complex taste profile, even if it can not convince me 100% in terms of balance and harmony.
    • Finish
      With goodwill medium. The smoke also dominates the finish of the malt. The sweet, bright fruits can set a last exclamation point very quickly, but fade very fast. The oak notes are now spicy, a slight bitterness and a noticeable dryness in the mouth makes itself felt. Well.

  2. ErrHaBe scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    The whisky has both more mature and younger components, as NAS already suggests. A pleasant, not too intrusive smoke note, which is stronger than in the standard bottlings. The light sulfur is not unpleasant, but gives the whisky more nuances. For what he offers, he is a bit overpriced, because I think the 12er better.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Burning gum, wood sugar, dry herbs (rosemary and sage?); pleasant, slightly sulphurous notes, which, however, disappear after some time. Clearly sweet.
    • Taste
      81 81
      First, the smoke comes in the form of a cold fireplace, while the whisky is quite sweet, burning gum is still a bit to feel, even the herbs clearly noticeable. A warm mouthfeel, the whisky gets lighter in the back with less fruit. Towards the end there is still a little caramel.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium-long and smoky, woody, dry and at the same time sweet.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a NAS after the dark origins!
    • Nose
      smoke, malt, various fruits cooked and dried, grass, return honeyed
    • Taste
      Smoke well present, budding peat, fruit well mixed as for a "good" blend!
      sweetness on the palate, a little dark chocolate, nuts, nuts, dry herbs and spices rather strong peppery, it is varied but not too definable!
      leather, dust, it's young sherry, also a little licorice in the end of the mouth
    • Finish
      average, on these scents a little diffuse, then it starts suddenly, lack of length!
      to believe that qq more years could bring him something very good!

  4. Archer scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    It's interesting to see what HP has been throwing onto the market lately ...
    • Nose
      Caramel sweet and cream sauce, honey, milk chocolate. That's it but then for the beginning. Not unpleasant, but not really exciting. Caramel dominates, after a while comes in a good dose of vanilla and a malting note. A liquid toffee candy.
    • Taste
      A reflection of the nose: vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, honey. Slightly metallic. Over time, peppermint and cooling menthol. The heather, which can be seen in some HPs already in the nose, are only here on the tongue. Uh, you have to like this peppermint note, it's getting more and more intense.
    • Finish
      Peppermint - still -, pepper, milk chocolate, honey. Medium.

  5. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke, campfire, lemon, pineapple, pear, apple, peach, hint of honey and raisins.
    • Taste
      Campfire, burnt wood, lemon peel, pineapple, peach, hint of ginger, nutmeg, tobacco, liquorice and honey.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, smoke, sawdust, lemon peel, chili pepper and raisin cake.

  6. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I like the bottle, makes you want to whisky. The nose then nothing half and nothing whole, mouth but pretty yummy (but then not quite as doll as the bottle design or the expectations aroused thereby ;-)).
    I say, if the smell was as good as the taste, you might just let the € 70 go, but that's more of a collector's display. (After all, better than the previously tasted colleague Sigurd).
    • Nose
      first nothing, only after 5-10 minutes is so slowly smelling, a sip of water is also helpful, then dark chocolate, the later drifts towards the earth (old leather, plus a fresh note, lemon or slightly pungent? - so It can not really decide - and a bit of green stuff, herbaceous.
    • Taste
      full-bodied, intense, dark chocolate, Storck giants, cocoa to pipe tobacco and a hint of tar, licorice, pleasant spicy sharpness with pepper and ginger
    • Finish
      medium length, cocoa, pepper

  7. MasterOfPuppets scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A delicious whisky
    • Nose
      Ham, red fruits, fresh wood, pepper, citrus, smoke, granny smith, laurel, peach, gooseberry
    • Taste
      Oak, smoke, pepper, clove, nutmeg, dark chocolate, ham, rosemary, coriander, hay, bay, linden honey,
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly smoky, spicy

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose: campfire smoke, spent matches, leather, dark chocolate, dried plums, raisins.

    Taste: full bodied, dry smoke, creamy, cocoa, dried fruits, a mild sulfur (mild enough to be acceptable for me).

    A long finish with black liquorice, glowing embers and smoldering wood.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very typical HP.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Toffee, tobacco, red apple, vanilla, honey, raisin and cake.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very ashy. Tobacco, apple, caramel, wine gum, honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Wine gum, apple, peat, tobacco and vanilla.

  10. Paulski88 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Please note, that the 700ml bottle is originally NOT filled up to the neck with whisky. Other users did confirm that too. HP confirmed the correctness of the filling level on Facebook. All bottles are 750ml bottles, no matter if 700ml or 750ml content. Please have a look at that photo above.


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