domingo, 5 de febrero de 2012

Whisky Thor

Desde las islas Orcadas / From Orkney islands:

Thor is the first release in the Highland Park Valhalla Collection and like its namesake, shares many of the legendary Norse god’s larger-than-life characteristics.

Thor represents the first coming for Highland Park’s stunning Valhalla Collection; a range of four unique whiskies, released annually, taking inspiration from the legendary Nordic gods of old. Not for the faint hearted, only those brave enough to accept the challenge of Thor shall be rewarded with the ultimate experience; a whisky of divine power.

In honour of this great warrior, and in celebration of its own unwavering Norse heritage, Highland Park brings you Thor. With a natural strength like its namesake, drawing influence from the environment unique to Orkney, Thor is a truly elemental spirit. Distilled where sea turns to ocean, this 16 year-old single malt is a meeting point of nature’s forces, exuding a dynamic and bold character on the surface, but with an unexpected softer side at its heart. Bottled at a robust 52.1% ABV this limited edition whisky (23,000 bottles worldwide) comes housed in a unique wooden frame, which echoes the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking long ship.
Appearance: Rich amber, with an iron ore glow 

Nose: Concentrated and forceful, with an explosion of aromatic smoke, pungent fresh ginger, antique copper, stewed plums, and golden syrup. With water, earthy notes emerge, like a garden after a heavy rain shower. 

Palate: Thor’s high strength grabs the palate and refuses to let go. Initially dry, with fiery gingerbread then vanilla, blackberries, fresh mango, peach and hints of cinnamon. As its big flavours swirl around the mouth, some softer, sweeter notes develop, giving Thor and unexpected layer of complexity and depth. 

Finish: The finish thunders on, leaving behind lingering notes of sweet vanilla and an intense spiciness.

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