Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.
This sample was kindly donated to my blog by The Exclusive Dram – a company whose aim is “to allow anyone the chance to sample some of the most unique and expensive whiskys without breaking the bank!”
Floral – elderflowers, fruity – white grapes and plums, spicy – nutmeg, cardamon and ginger. Sweet – vanilla and custard also with some nuts, oak and light smoke.
Strong spice to start – pepper and cardamon, giving way to fruity notes – strawberry, blackcurrants and lemon citrus. Finally some vanilla and oak.
Light smoke, oak and nuts. Slight fruit comes through as other flavours die down. Drying.
Everyone knows I’m a big Highland Park fan, however I’ve not tried any of the specialist bottlings like the Valhalla range or Fire and Ice simply because I think they’re priced too high. I know they’re limited releases and if you’re a collector they’re probably worth the money. However for your average person they are too expensive to just decide to splurge on one month.
With all that in mind I really enjoyed this dram. It had a lot going for it, a range of things on the nose and palate and with each try I seemed to uncover something new. I’d happily sit and drink a whole bottle of this stuff, I just wouldn’t pay the current price for a full bottle of it (anywhere between £350 if you’re lucky and £600+).
Tasting notes for Freya are no longer available on the Highland Park website however their is video available under their “How to” guides that can be found here. Notes below are from The Exclusive Dram Website.
From The Valhalla Collection comes “Freya”, the Norse Goddess of love and fertility, fragrant and beguiling, with striking presence – an icon from Highland Park.
- Category – Single Malt from Islands, Scotland
- Distillery – Highland Park
- District – Orkney
- Bottler – Distillery Bottling
- Bottling series – Valhalla Collection
- Bottled – 2014
- Age – 15 years old
- Cask type – 1st Fill Bourbon Casks
- Strength – 51.2 % Vol.
- Number of bottles – 19000