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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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Sunday, 16 March 2014


As mentioned in this post from June 27th 2013 and again in this one from September 8th 2013 Highland Park out out the warrior-series from travel retail. Over then next few posts, I'm gonna review the Sigurd, Ragnvald and Thorfinn and finish with the latest addition to the Highland Park Valhalla Collection, the 'Freya'.

The first thing that caught my eye was the 43%, which is 3% higher the previous warrior releases which were only 40% - and really suffered from it. This has made me get my hopes up as these bottlings range from 43% to 45,1% in abv...

On to the review...

Malt floor tools at Highland Park August 6th 2009 © The Malt Desk
Highland Park 'Sigurd' NAS 43%, Distillery bottling (travel retail 70cl)

Colour is amber

Very shy, citric, ginger and orange peel and a vague mashy note to it along with hints of boiled vegetables.

Some tropical fruit, avocado, pineapple and honey, grapefruits, malt and a dark oaky appearance in the back of the mouth.

Bit of a let down as it comes across more simple than expected and guess the 43% didn't do this one much good. Still ok whisky, but not what its worked up to be, I'm afraid... it has its moments, though - the tropical fruits notes are nice...

Priced at around €150 in travel retail


Official sample supplied by Highland Park

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