Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Smoked flowers and dried fruit on the intensely aromatic nose. In the mouth the flavor starts out sweet and earthy, quickly turning to spice and smoke. Cigar box flavors linger long on the leathery finish. (Apr 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - Smoked flowers and dried fruit on the intensely aromatic nose. In the mouth the flavor starts out sweet and earthy, quickly turning to spice and smoke. Cigar box flavors linger long on the leathery finish.
The second release in the lauded Highland Park Valhalla Collection, this limited edition shows caramel, toffee and hazelnut between smoldering waves of peat. Named for a particularly ’treacherous and mischievous’ character in Norse mythology, it makes sense that instead of a gentle fade, this Scotch grows brawnier and more drying with repeated sips. (Dec 2013)
Loki, one of the most treacherous and mischievous characters in Norse mythology has turned on his adopted and earnest brother Thor for taking all the glory in last year's whisky launch stakes by trying his hand at creating his very own Highland Park expression. Highland Park Loki, a 15 year old limited edition single malt bottled at 48.7% abv, comes housed in the same unique and award winning wooden frame as Thor, echoing the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking long ship. Loki is the second in The Valhalla Collection of four unique whiskies from Highland Park, taking inspiration from the legendary Nordic gods of old and continues the ground-breaking achievement of creating Thor - a 16 year old malt actually designed around the personality traits of an individual. The Orkney whisky maker has now created a unique flavour profile for its follow up. While unquestionably Highland Park, this time it mirrors the unpredictable, shape-shifting LOKI character and as with the trickster god of fire himself, all is not as it seems. There are classic traces of sweetness and spice, but it has been matured in both traditional Spanish sherry casks and also some heavily peated casks, giving it a smoky punch, while retaining a light colour. The finish is intriguing and complex. It is a whisky constantly changing, chameleon-like, from appearance to finish and the few lucky and expert palates who have savoured it describe it as "enigmatic" and "truly another whisky of the Gods." - Distillery Notes