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Highland Park Freya 15 year old, 51.2%

Price: $235 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Freya is the third release in Highland Park's Valhalla Collection; unusually, it has been matured in first-fill bourbon casks. It fits into the core range between the 12 and 18 year olds. The nose is sweet, floral, and heathery, with pineapple, mango, and a background earthiness. Finally, vanilla and milk chocolate. Smooth on the palate, with passion fruit, and more overt peatiness than is apparent on the nose. Subtle peat, char, and a hint of licorice in the finish.