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Review: Highland Park Valhalla Collection – Thor


Starting this year our friends at Highland Park are releasing a series of four whiskys called the Valhalla Collection, inspired by the Norse gods. Coming out at a clip of one each year, the first one out of the gate is the big gun: Thor.

This 16-year-old whisky, from Orkney (where all HP hails from), is bottled at a hefty 104.2 proof, so consider that when approaching this spirit head-on.

A fun combination of traditional characteristics and really unique ones, Thor is an enigmatic and exciting little whisky that’s quite a departure from the HP house style. Woody and malty with evergreen, forest floor, and sawdust on the nose, it is a deeper and richer whisky than Highland Park usually is, less sweet and spicy than many of the distillery’s standard bottlings.

The body is very rich, a smoldering whisky that mixes orange and apple fruit, plus some banana, with those wood tones. Massive amounts of heat here. Add water to bring it back to a level easier to pick out the nuances.

Pretty insane packaging, by the by.

104.2 proof.

A- / $200 / highlandparkwhisky.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Zorp July 10, 2012

    Interesting to see it’s at least a good tasting whisky. It seems like they’re actively trying to make collectable stuff that people never open.

  2. aadilou July 10, 2012

    Looks like a bottle of orange juice from the Norse god, but looks can be deceiving.


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