Islands region – 48.7%ABV – $230 – $250
Ah, Marvel’s, nay, Stan Lee’s Loki in all his Eeeeeevil glory.
Wait, what?! Yes, yes, yes. Loki the Marvel character NOT the god. That’s where my brain goes to. Ah, but look at the picture and it seems that Loki’s thoughts gravitate toward Highland Park whisky!
“In Marvel mythology, Loki is on bad mutha…”
“you shut yo’ mouth!!”
“I’m just talkin’ ’bout Loki!”
“and we can dig it!”
Seriously, I know there’s a “real” mythology to Thor, Loki, Odin, Tyr, Frigga, Thumper, Bambi, Sarah Palin, etc… but growing up as an avid comic reader, to me, Loki is Thor’s total jerky-turkey-of-a-brother.
In both “real” mythology (oxymoron?) and Marvel mythology, Loki is one sneaky, shape-shifty, creepy dude. Highland Park have decided to use this element of Loki’s character to create their 2nd whisky in their Valhalla series.
Let’s see if the flavors shift. Let’s see if Loki is tough to pin down. Let us explore this new Highland Park whisky!
On the nose – Solid peat bricks; sweet, smoldering and smoking. This is what I imagine that piece of Pure Concentrated Evil smells like at the end of Time Bandits.
(Damn, I love that movie. I need to watch it again.)
Spice and cayenne pepper meets baked pears meets goarse flowers.
Burning orange peels, cardamom pods and fresh trash bags (the black ones – you know, Hefty, Hefty, Hefty!).
Seems sort of un-Highland Park-y and very Highland Park-y at the same time.
On the mouth – More smoked than peated. Very, very smoky. Loads of salted licorice nibs and fresh vinyl records.
Like deep sea heavy water forming pools at the bottom of the ocean, all of the flavors seem to be sitting at the bottom of the palate/back of the tongue.
Chocolate and a touch of chicory become apparent after spending some time with this whisky. Apple butter, generous apple butter spread over burnt soda bread.
Finish – Smoky and oaky and loaded with cooked apple skins.
In sum – Quite interesting, especially with how the flavors hit the palate. It’s a sneaky dram, sort of elusive unless you know where to look. Look toward the back of your tongue and all is revealed. Fun and different but as with the comic book, Thor is the better of the brothers. Better put, when comparing the two, Thor is the more approachable of the brothers.
Feel free to read my review of Highland Park’s Thor here.
Special thanks to SR of Highland Park for the sample!