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Highland Park Freya 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Housed in an award-winning wooden frame that echos the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking ship, this limited-edition whisky was aged for 15 years.

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Situated just a few miles north of Scotland's mainland, the Orkney archipelago was occupied by a number of different nomadic and belligerent tribes for centuries. In 875, however, the islands were annexed by Norway and settled by the Norse, who began using the archipelago as a base for Viking raids across Europe. In 1468, the islands were pledged by King Christian I of Norway as a dowry to James III of Scotland, and since then, the islands connection with Scotland has been perpetual. Highland Park Distillery is situated in Kirkwall — the capital of the Orkney islands — and was founded in 1798 by Magnus Eunson. The name of the distillery is derived not from the region of Scotland known as The Highlands (the Orkney islands are not a part of The Highlands) but rather from the region known as High Park, where the distillery was founded.

Highland Park Freya is the third of four releases in the Valhalla Collection available from Highland Park Distillery. Freya pays homage to the eponymous Norse goddess, which was associated with love and fertility and believed to reign over the Norse afterlife. Freya was also known for her feathered cloak and and was believed to cause the Northern Lights, giving rise to Freya Single Malt's luminescent green bottle.

Highland Park Freya Single Malt Whisky is made from lightly peated barley, which is mashed and fermented before being twice distilled through Highland Park's copper-pot stills. Following distillation, the whisky is matured for 15 years before being bottled without the use of chill filtration or artificial coloring. Much like the god it pays homage to, Freya is intriguing and complex, and is housed in an award-winning wooden frame that echos the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking ship. The whisky has an aroma of heathered honey, apricots, peat and plums. Notes of sweet fruit, oak spice, ginger, chili peppers and salted caramel dominate the palate, and lead to a finish with hints of earthy smoke, minerals, toffee apples and honey.

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Aroma of heathered honey, apricots, peat and plums. Notes of sweet fruit, oak spice, ginger, chili peppers and salted caramel dominate the palate. Hints of earthy smoke, minerals, toffee apples and honey on the finish.

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