In Holland there’s a saying that translates to “eggs after easter”. It applies to, as you might expect, someone who brought the goods, but shows up too late. It feels a bit the same with this review. Highland Park Thor is a dram that showed up on every blog out there, but most of them did so right after it came out instead of a year and a half later.
Anyway, I got this sample a while ago and it was my first chance to sit down and assess it properly. Before that I had a nip or two, but not in a setting in which one writes notes.
Thor is the first in the Valhalla collection, a set of four Highland Park whiskies named after Norse gods. The Loki (released in early 2013) is the second and I guess the next one comes out in about half a year. Probably Freya or Odin or something like that.
It’s a whisky matured in bourbon casks that used to set you back some € 150. It’s value has gone up a bit since and it now sits at € 200. Not a tremendous increase, compared to the rise of the earlier Magnus collection from Highland Park.
Clearly American oak. There’s lemon peels, biscuits with a slight tinge of smoke. It’s a bit creamy as well, milky even.
There’s a definite build-up of impact with black pepper and oak. It’s pretty sweet and sugary and eventually even pretty gentle. Again that creaminess with lemon. I’m starting to think of yoghurt drinks.
The finish feels a bit young, although it’s 16 years old. Spirity, but I like that. It doesn’t add much new flavours but lasts pretty long.
I’m not sure how the rest of the world reviewed this but I’m going with ‘nice, but too simple’. If I just review the whisky I’m a bit on the positive side since the flavours that are present are flavours I like. When I take the price in account I’m going for ‘it doesn’t warrant the price tag’. By that I mean that it’s a nice whisky but at € 150 it’s just too expensive. Nice bottle though!
Highland Park Thor, 16yo, 2012, 52.1%, € 200 by now.