Monday, 16 February 2015

News: Highland Park Odin finally amongst men


Allfather has arrived in Midgard

Highland Park OdinH

  • Highland Park Odin
  • 16 years old
  • 55.8% ABV
  • 17.000 bottles
  • £180  / €250
Odin concludes The Valhalla Collection, four  Scotch whiskies celebrating Highland Park’s Norse heritage. Odin, ruler of Asgard himself, joins mighty Thor, shapeshifting Loki and the fair Freya to complete the collection.

The Valhalla Collection tries to put the personality of a god in a glass. Odin packs a mighty punch at 55.8% ABV but finds a balance between the god and Highland Park's signature Orcadian style resulting in a rich and undeniably powerful 16 year old single malt whisky.

 

Official Highland Park tasting notes

Colour: Vivid burst of sunlight. Entirely natural in colour, this whisky is a glowing representation of Odin’s distinct and mighty character.

Nose: This intense whisky possesses a fierce spice. Cinnamon bark and nutmeg rise from Odin’s spirit. Behind the spice, toasted walnuts smoulder with pulsating explosions of smoke. Odin cuts an ominous figure and this whisky is no different.

Taste: A huge, powerful palate draws on the complexity of Odin’s character. Layers of peat uncover thousands of years of wisdom. Dense oak combines with rich charred walnuts.

Finish: Throughout is a subtle sweetness, sharing the knowledge of well-seasoned sherry wines. Plums and soft fruit disappear into the dark as the peaty embers glow into a smoky finale.




The characteristic wooden frame underwent a small visual change and seems to have been charred. The mysterious dark bottle and metal cork ornament set Odin completely apart from its predecessors. 17.000 bottles are available worldwide. The Netherlands got 1.700 bottles allocated, Belgium a mere 84 bottles. (note: I'm trying to find out why there's such a significant difference).

Source, tasting notes and pictures courtesy of Highland Park

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