Highland Park Freya (Valhalla Collection)
15 yo
Ex-Bourbon casks
Freya was the 3rd release from the Valhalla Collection. It was named after the goddess Freyja, mostly associated with war, fertility, death and love. Interesting fact : most of us think that every Norse warrior that dies on the battlefield goes to Valhalla to join Odin, but Freyja actually gets half of the warriors !
This is a “limited” release of 19.000 bottles…
Color :  yellow chick.
Nose : notes of heather typical of HP, with a fairly pronounced presence of alcohol. We feel a slight beginning of exoticism, but nothing very frank. The nose is very atypical with a lots of fresh fruits.
Palate : still the characteristic peat of Highland Park. This time, the exotic notes express themselves frankly : honeydew melon, papaya, Chinese pears. A characteristic touch of Scotch aged in old Bourbon casks with a little honey is added. The flavours are very frank and very surgical. There is a strange feeling about this bottling.
Final : rather short on the palate and aggressive, with a pronounced aftertaste of peat that remains long. HP peat final usually doesn’t come very strong and fades quite quickly, but with the Freya there is more peat and it fades a bit slower.
Comments : it’s very … not Highland Park. Yet I like it. It adds a different touch to HP’s line-up. Some like it, some don’t so much. I really enjoyed this fine dram, especially since I paired it with a beer from my beloved Quebec…a beer also named Freya 🙂  Otherwise, the packaging is astonishing, as is the whole Valhalla collection.
Highland Park Freya (Valhalla Collection)
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I never liked vodka&orange or vodka&cranberry while going out in the Montreal Clubs. I was always drinking whisky&ginger ale or whisky&coke. At some point, I just let go of the liquors and started drinking whisky neat... I hated the taste but damn was I a badass in front of my friends ! Eventually, I stopped being a douche and started enjoying finer drams. Today, I’m making it my mission to taste every whisky and to know everything there is to know about spirits, wine and beer !

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