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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Thursday, 27 June 2013


Highland Park has done it again... given us a series related to the Orkneys' Viking heritage - this time with a warrior-series. The bottlings are 'Svein', 'Einar' and 'Harald' featuring traditional viking heritage symbols on the boxes, a drinking horn, an axe and a shield.

These bottling contains a high portion of American oak sherry casks which gives them notes on the sweeter side, but these expressions also carry a noticeable smoky side according to the official tasting notes - I look forward experiencing that.

I recently passed through Aberdeen airport and I decided to pick up the middle expression, the 'Einar' at £47 for 1 liter, which seemed like the best buy. Later this year, 3 more expressions will hit the travel retail market, rumoured to be named 'Sigurd', 'Ragnvald' and 'Thorfinn' but are rumoured to be quite expensive bottlings - guess we'll just have to wait and see....

Partial shot of Ring of Brodgar on Orkney Mainland, 5th August 2009 © The Malt Desk
Meanwhile, let's try the 'Einar'...

Highland Park 'Einar' NAS, 40%, Distillery bottling (travel retail) 100cl

Colour is straw

Noticeable peat, slightly floral and honeyed, some orangy notes, spicy oak, banana and vanilla creme

Some (tropical?) fruit, then a clearly peated infusion. A bit of an oily feel too, which water confirms when adding a few drops. A vague yeasty note, gingery, vanilla and green bitter banana and oak.

When first opening the bottle I got lots of young whisky/new make notes which disappointed me somewhat... but after leaving the bottles for a few days to breathe a bit, it settles down and produces a nice profile.

Enjoyable, though it suffers a bit from being only 40% abv... 46% in the future, please HP?

83/100! ...and that's mainly because of the 40% abv

Interested in more Highland Park reading and reviews? why not have a look at my HP special here.
It contains reviews of 10 different expressions incl. the Magnus-trilogy

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