Loki is the 2nd instalment in the Highland Park Valhalla Collection and a release that prompted much debate originally and some lets be honest, criticism. Following in the footsteps of Thor is an almighty task and I reckon punters were expecting another baptism of classic Highland Park characteristics. As if something called Loki would be so straightforward.
This Loki sample was provided by Highland Park as part of their Twitter tasting evening, which was a wonderful opportunity to taste the trio of releases to date in order of release. If you ever get the opportunity to do this, whether it is at a distillery or tasting night, or even a series of blends from the same range then grasp it. I still find it remarkable that having experienced the Highland Park range at the distillery last year how different each bottling was and age wasn’t necessarily the deciding factor.
Highland Park Loki – review
Colour: Golden sunset
A surprising dram, more complex than the forceful brute character of Thor and one that throws up some interesting avenues. On the night Loki was the least popular of the trio but that necessarily doesn’t mean it is a poor whisky. Rather, it was amongst strong company and its own unique nature is decisive. This is one that offers more depth than Thor and steps away from the definitive Highland Park credentials. For that it has my respect but I wouldn’t pay the retail asking price!