Highland Park Freya
Peated Single Malt
Highland Park // Islands, Scotland
The Valhalla Collection continues with this third release named Freya. Freya is not only the mythological Norse goddess of love, fertility, and beauty but also of war, death, and seidr--a form of sorcery. Released in 2014, this is a 15 year old single malt aged in first-fill bourbon barrels. It is bottled at 102.4.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typefirst-fill bourbon
"Yes, the lone Valhalla bottling to be named after a goddess instead of a god does have a fruity and floral profile, but you would be advised not to write this whisky off as a delicate flower. The proof should give you some indication of that fact. There is a wonderful balance between the fruity (think peaches and cream) and the spicy sweet notes with just a dusting of the peaty smoke added to the mix. The finish brings a little salty tang and spicy, woody quality to the party. Adding water will intensify these notes, but will also provide a soft ending rather than a tighter, more astringent one. Your call; mine is to enjoy au natural."