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Odin joins Highland Park Valhalla Collection

Highland Park has unveiled the last in its series of whiskies celebrating its Norse heritage. Odin joins Thor, Loki and Freya to complete Highland Park’s Valhalla Collection.

Legend has it that Odin, All-father of the gods and ruler of Asgard, is an intensely complex character. Known as ‘the furious one’, Odin is the strongest of all the Norse gods and driven by an unquenchable thirst for wisdom. By sacrificing an eye for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, he earned immeasurable knowledge and insight.  With only one eye, which blazes like the sun, Odin cuts an ominous figure.

This powerful 16 year old single malt has been created to reflect the dominant characteristics of Odin along with the distillery’s signature style.

Gerry Tosh, global marketing manager, says: “Odin, like its namesake, is an intense, powerful and complex whisky. Bottled at 55.8% ABV, it certainly lives up to the legend, a bold single malt higher in strength than Thor, Loki and Freya. In Odin, we have been able to add the final flourish to the Valhalla Collection, a stunning series of remarkable whiskies that offer affordability and exclusive collectability.”

“Now that Odin has joined the ranks of the other gods in the Valhalla Collection, the first chapter in this series is complete. However, the Norse legends of old may still offer us future intrigues.”

With only 17,000 bottles released globally, this limited edition whisky comes housed in the same distinctive award winning wooden frame of Thor, Loki and Freya echoing the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking long ship. The bottle itself reflects Odin’s character – dark and imperfect and slightly battle worn. The team at Highland Park worked with Mountain Creative Design in Glasgow on the Valhalla Collection.

16 February 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor