Highland Park 15 years old Loki, according to norse mythology Loki was a character who sometimes assisted the other Gods or caused mischief. This whisky is part of the second release of the Valhalla Collection and like its namesake it has an evolving character with tastes echoing the changing weather of the Orkney Islands.
Salty sea spray jumps out the glass at first before revealing candied orange peel and a more refined version of the balsamic note present in other Highland Parks. Buttery toffee, raisins and oatiness. Or is it actually waxy with hints of ginger? What was that about shape-shifting again? Stewed apples and lemon zest now… and lime… and a little honey…
A hit of sweet smoke from the peated cask maturation gives way to cinnamon, ginger and increasingly nutmeg with marmalade. Slippery. (No really!)
Milk chocolate, ginger, a little marzipan before the toasted cloves that Highland Park promise make a late appearance.