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The third release in Highland Parks The Valhalla Collection is the Freya, a 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky named after the Norse Goddess of Love. Wise, sensitive and with a magical cloak of feathers that creates the Northern Lights above Orkney, Freya was a valiant protector of human souls.
Really prominent honey, lemon meringue, light floral perfume - almost lavendar. Light brine and vanilla buttercream. Faint green apple.
Medium light mouthfeel. Muted flavors. Some mild heat - growing fruitiness. Pear, lemon, pepper and brine, lavendar and cardamom. Smoke steps in, ashy, peppery, no vegetal character.
Medium length, restrained heat. Peppery smoke, ash, burning lumber. Salty bread. Faint vanilla. No fruitiness.
The complexity and progression here is both interesting and delicious. It starts as a sweet fruit bomb and ends bold, smoky and dry. Really unique and enjoyable.
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