Highland Park Loki 15 Year Old Valhalla Collection Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Released in March 2013, 'Loki' follows 'Thor' in Highland Park's variable Valhalla Collection, named after characters in Norse mythology. Representing the shape-shifting nature of 'Loki the trickster' and presented in the collection's Viking longship inspired wooden frame, it's a whisky that's said to "change between nose and palate, and shift around in the glass." Unanimous praise as one of the true highlights of the series, now discontinued. 48.7% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... "Beyond excellent!" 96 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2022
...I have to say I’m completely lost with all these Norse gods, semi-gods, drakkars, goblins and fairies, but this is Europe, isn’t it. We’ll have the new ‘Loki’ today but first, two other new official HPs, one being NAS. By the way, these NASes can also be a pain in the hat when you want to build a line-up for a tasting, since you just can’t take ages into account anymore. But enough jeremiads… So the sequel to last year’s Thor and let me tell the most stupid joke ever: I hope it’s not low key (diving to even newer lows, S.!) Colour: gold. Nose: not a very different profile, in fact we’re almost right between the 10 and the CS. Actually a little closer to the 10. It’s less cask-driven than last year’s Thor, it’s cleaner, it’s probably more citrusy and certainly more mineral as well as a little medicinal, between iodine and camphor. Some farmy elements as well, something obviously coastal, a blend of various honeys and honeydews, then Virginia tobacco, leather, wax, a few spices (curry?), tiger balm… Mouth: no, this is great shtuff. Perfect, zesty and lemony yet rich, mineral yet honeyed, wide yet crystalline, coastal yet farmy (that will be it, S.) It’s a HP that’s more islands than highlands, whatever that means. And I’m not saying this because these weeks it’s the 30th anniversary of Brora’s closure, but it is also pretty Brora-esque, in a way. No, I know Brora isn’t on an island, don’t start to quibble with me over trivial issues please. Finish: long and even more coastal. Comments: look, I know I should write lukewarm comments because of the price, because of the unlikely packaging (sure it’s all a matter of taste) and so on, but I’m sorry, I love it. Now, who’s that Loki? A girl? What’s sure is that she beats Thor in my book, fair and square. 92 points - whiskyfun.com