Highland Park Tasting – Thor is Unleashed
It is around 7 pm on Thursday 2nd February and Nicola has just popped round to Jim’s with the sample of Thor that the Whisky Boys have just received. If you do a search on our website for Thor you will be able to read all about the lead up to the release and why the Whisky Boys are so excited about the up an coming tasting tonight.
telephone – 01856 874619
website – www.highlandpark.co.uk
Owners – The Edrington Group.
Established in 1798 on Orkney, Highland Park is one of the most remote Scotch whisky distilleries in the world.For over 200 years, the distillery has combined time old tradition and the very best craftsmanship to achieve perfection. Its range of 12, 15, 18, 21, 25, 30 and 40 year old single malts is consistently acclaimed by connoisseurs and experts. Highland Park has won a string of prestigious awards across its portfolio, most recently including category winner at the 2011 World Whisky Awards for its 25-year-old single malt and ‘best whisky in the world 2009’ for its 21-year-old expression in the World Whisky Awards, as well as four double gold awards in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009.
Thor is the legendary Norse God the hammer wielding super hero associated with thunder, lightning and storms, and gives his name to the day of the week, Thursday. Highland Park in honour of this ultimate warrior has given him pride of place of being the first in the new Valhalla Collection, which will be a collection of only 4 unique and inspirational Whiskies which will be released annually.
You can see from the image this limited edition bottling is extra special because of the packaging, which is in a wooden frame, following the outline of a Viking Long Ship. Check out www.whiskyofthegods.com to get more information.
Lets see how good this dram really is.
Highland Park – Thor 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 52.15 Alc/vol 70cl
Nose…Light Orcadian peat smoke, some fresh root ginger, grass and a little floral note.
Taste…Vanilla cream, spicy peat, you know it is cask strength, Caribbean fruits, very rounded, smooth and sweet, big and almost chewable, sherry is only in the background.
Finish…Long and drying finish, vanilla spice remains, as mighty as Thor’s hammer.
Nose…Ginger snaps with vanilla cream centre, light smoke signals.
Taste…Bowl full of fresh fruit, ginger snaps, creamy and biscuity, dry cinnamon spice.
Finish…Long, intense fiery dry.
What a thundering great dram, the Whisky Boys will need to get one for our cabinet.
This is a dram of exceptional complexity and is a dram that all Whisky lovers around the world must taste at least once. As this is a limited edition you will only be able buy a bottle or two in your specialist Whisky shop or indeed on-line via our shop window below.
Our hats go off to the Master Distiller and all the staff at Highland Park Distillery for the production of this phenomenal Single Malt Scotch Whisky.