CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH OF HIGHLAND PARK VALKNUT – Scotch Whisky News

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CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH OF HIGHLAND PARK VALKNUT

 “I know one thing which never dies: the reputation of each dead man.”

Poetic Edda, Hávamál, verse 77 

Highland Park is excited to introduce you to VALKNUT Special Edition single malt Scotch whisky.

In partnership with renowned Danish designer Jim Lynvgild, Highland Park VALKNUT is the second in a series of three VIKING LEGEND releases inspired by our rich Viking history and mythology.

Jason Craig, Highland Park brand director, commented: “Valknut is an intensely balanced whisky with an ABV of 46.8%.  It’s been matured predominantly in American sherry seasoned oak casks with a slightly higher phenolic level, compared to Valkyrie.  We’ve also used a small amount of Orkney grown Tartan barley which adds to its smokier edge and lingering sweet, spicy finish.”

Designer, Jim Lyngvild commented:  “The story of the Valknut is compelling and I wanted to ensure that the design feature of this packaging was a fitting match to the whisky created by Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion.

“Also, as VALKNUT is part of a series of three expressions, I made sure that there is continuity in style of the packaging – for example, the frieze design at top is consistent in look but the story of the symbol has been brought to the front panel.”

Jim’s inspiration came from two important Nordic sources in Gotland, Sweden – the first of the four Stora Hammars stones and the picture stone at Tängelgårda.

VALKNUT means ‘knot of those killed in battle’ and its symbol of three interlinked triangles is closely associated with the Norse god Odin who guided the spirits of the dead to Valhalla.

Norse mythology tells of the VALKYRIES, Odin’s female servants, who combed the battlefields for the bravest fallen warriors. Vikings who met an honourable death were marked out by the symbol of the VALKNUT and spirited away to VALHALLA to join Odin’s mighty army and prepare for RAGNAROK, the battle of the end of the world.

Notes: 

Highland Park Valknut will launch in over 15 markets from June 2018.

RSP:  £58.00 (70cl and 75cl)

Valknut is the second in a series of three Viking Legend releases. It will be followed by Valfather in 2019.

Jim Lyngvild biography

Jim is a Danish designer and a true Viking.  His Viking lineage includes his 36th great grandfather Ragnvald Eysteinsson who was the 1st Earl of the Orkney Islands.   He can trace back his family tree all the way back to the 8th century.

Today, Jim lives in a Viking inspired castle which he designed himself in the Danish village of Faaborg. He is well-known for his creativity and vivid imagination.

A successful businessman and designer of many things including part ownership of with Frejdahl, a Danish Brewery.  

Tasting notes – 46.8%.

Appearance:   Natural colour, light gold

Nose:  Toasted vanilla pods, cracked black pepper, oak shavings, cloves, aniseed, aromatic smoke

Palate: Sweet, aromatic cloves join forces with tangy hints of aniseed

Finish: Intensely balanced, bold and courageous, leaves a lingering memory of aromatic peat smoke and sweet spices

For further information, please contact: www.highlandparkwhisky.com

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