De Noorse mythologie is vol goden, de verzameling verschillende symbolen laat de goden in al hun zien. De distilleerderij Highland Park introduceerde begin 2012 de nieuwe Valhalla Collection, een reeks van 4 edities collectors items die vanaf 2012 tot 2015 wordt uitgegeven.
Begin 2012 was de Highland Park Thor de eerste whisky van deze serie. In de volgende twee jaar komt worden nog Highland Park Freya (2014) en Highland Park Odin (2015) gelanceerd, die de serie afrond.
Maar nu gaat het eerst om de 2013 editie van de serie, de Highland Park Loki. Loki is de god, die bekend staat als een shape-shifter, een meester van de metamorfose, die kan transformeren in verschillende dieren en mensen. In de traditionele mythen is hij adelaar merrie, zalm, vlieg of een oude vrouw.
De Highland Park Loki behoud wel zijn vorm en smaak! De 15-jarige Highland Park Loki 48,7% is in het voorjaar van 2013 op de markt gekomen.
Highland Park Loki
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.”
Gerry Tosh, Global Marketing Manager, says,
“Thor was the first of its kind, a true quality malt built around an individual’s personality. This proved massively successful and it sold out globally. LOKI will continue to take Highland Park and The Valhalla Collection into new territory.
While everyone will recognise the definite ‘Highland Park-ness’ of this 15 year old single malt, it will be the unexpected and surprisingly smoky dynamics that will really get palates excited and mouths talking. This is unlike any expression that has come before and will beguile and fascinate with its complexity and trickery. Remember, all is not as it seems.”
Tasting Notes Highland Park Loki
A spirited lift of dried bitter orange which quickly turns into lemon peels. Cardamom notes trick then tease the nose, before an enticing hit of gingerbread develops. With water, liquorice and aromatic smoke are both unleashed.
The true shape-shifting ability of Loki springs to life on the palate: its waxy texture is amplified by an intense smoke that doesn't appear on the nose, shattering the light citrusy illusion of the aroma. All is not what it seems. The smoke fades as liquorice and rich spiced apple flavours come out to play. Lemon and grapefruit are consistent throughout this elusive, yet intriguing character. With a touch of water, lingering notes of melted dark chocolate over spent embers leave a soft smoky impression.
As Loki departs, he leaves behind toasted cloves, hickory smoke and soft vanilla. It is constantly changing, from appearance to finish. Loki is an enigma and truly another whisky of the gods.
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Guide of the Gods
The eldest son of Odin and Frigg, Thor is the god of thunder and war. Tall and strong, with a red beard, Thor is an idealised warrior and uses a mighty hammer as his weapon, which when thrown returns back to him, like a boomerang. Married to the golden-haired goddess Sif, Thor dies in a mighty battle with the evil serpent Jörmungandr. Thursday is named after Thor (Thor’s day).
The leader of the gods and the ruler of Asgard, Odin is the god of war, death, poetry, wisdom and magic. He has two ravens, Hugin and Munin (thought and memory) who act as servants for him. Married to Frigg, the most high goddess - and Queen of Asgard. Odin lost an eye, which he traded for a drink from the spring of clairvoyance. The old English name for Odin is Woden and is where we draw the name Wednesday, from Woden's Day.
Goddess of fertility, love and beauty, Freya is the ruler of Fólkvangr, an alternative to Odin’s Valhalla Hall for fallen warriors. Freya is also leader of the Valkyries, who guide warriors from their death to their place in either Valhalla or Fólkvangr. She has an amber necklace, which grants love to the wearer.
The son of two giants, so not traditionally worshipped as a god, Loki is associated with trickery, mischief and often treachery. He causes problems for the gods, through his own mischief and then takes great pleasure in solving them. A shape shifter who appears in the form of a salmon, a mare, a seal and a fly, Loki is traditionally a troublemaker of the highest order.
God of combat, glory and honour, Tyr is often depicted as a single-handed warrior and was once a more popular god than Thor, who is widely considered to be the most famous. A carving of Tyr can be found on Hadrian’s Wall, which marked the boarder between England and Scotland during the Roman rule. Tuesday is named after Tyr (Tiw’s day).
Another of Odin’s sons, Baldr is the god of innocence, purity, and joy. Married to Nanna, it is said that Baldr had the greatest ship ever built.