The whisky is the peatiest Highland Park around (Odin’s power, you see), fully matured in refill casks.
Highland Park Valfather
(47%, OB 2019)
Nose: fine mineral notes and brine, heathery, almost floral smoke, as well as some bright lemon and yellow apple. Vanilla and nutmeg. Less peaty than expected, some charred wood.
Mouth: sweet apple, vanilla and peat smoke, with a coastal salinity and a mild metallic note. White pepper. A faint alcohol edge. Salted almonds. Hints of bitter orange and juniper.
Finish: medium, with woody dryness, honeyed notes and echoes of smoke.
I wasn’t blown away by Valfather, perhaps because I expected more intensity from an expression explicitly presented as the peatiest. It feels a little young and vague. Available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt for instance.