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Highland Park Warrior Series

26th February  2013
Highland Park announce 6 new bottlings in the new Highland Park Warriors Series.

Fans of Highland Park will be excited to hear that Highland Park has announced the launch of not one but SIX new expressions which are all part of their new Highland Park Warrior series.

Highland Park have told me that the six new expressions will showcase the very best of their remote Orkney island distillery. Unfortunately you will need a passport to get your hands on them as they will initially be exclusive to travel retail so they are something to watch for when you are on your travels this year.

The six new expressions that will make up the new Highland Park Warriors range are Highland Park Svein, Einar and Harald which will be available immediately, these will be followed in the summer of 2013 by Highland Park Sigurd, Ragnavald and Thorfinn.

The new Warrior Series will replace the current travel retail range which includes the Highland Park Vintage Series so if you have a particular liking for any of the Vintage Series (I particularly enjoyed the Highland Park 1973 & 1990) then I suggest you pick up some next time you pass through an airport as it is discontinued.

The first 3 bottles released, Highland Park Svein, Einar and Harald are all bottled at 40% ABV and the next 3 set to be released this summer will be bottled at a higher ABV -  Sigurd 43% ABV, Ragnavald 44.6% ABV and Thorfinn 45.1% ABV.

The Warrior Series offers a spectrum of flavour grounded in Highland Park’s gently smoky but surprisingly sweet character. Beginning with lighter vanilla and citrus flavours and moving to more complex, richer and sweeter flavours, the palate experiences a full flavour journey from start to finish.

This taste journey has been achieved by increasing the quantity of European oak sherry seasoned casks as you move up the range thus delivering the distinctive Highland Park signature taste. Due to the premium nature of these specific casks, they are comparatively scarce and their contents rare.

Commenting on The Warrior Series, Gerry Tosh, Global Marketing Manager, said, "The Warrior Series is a natural progression for Highland Park, both in brand terms and in global travel retail. By continuing the celebration of our rich and distinctive Norse heritage we are able to tell stories which bring the brand and its products to life. To further this evolution, the whisky maker has crafted six individual whiskies which collectively offer drinkers a new style of taste journey, still classically Highland Park from start to finish, but giving them a different and holistic experience."

Representing a collective of powerful and iconic products, the Series brings together stories and characters which bring to life Highland Park’s heritage and distinction in an innovative and creative way. The iconography featured in the range is taken directly from Viking history. The Orkney Islands and Highland Park has strong Norse and Viking roots and this is celebrated in this series, which focuses on key characters from this era, famed for their warrior skills and legends.

Highland Park Svein Tasting Notes

Svein was the ultimate Viking chieftan whose exploits lie at the heart of the Orkneyinga Saga and his appetite for adventure and merriment are legendary.

Highland Park Svein is available in a 1 litre bottle, bottled at 40% ABV with a RRP of £35/€40

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour:: Full golden, clear and bright.

Nose: Orange peel, cassia bark, wintergreen, fruity (pineapple and red currants).

Taste: Initially smoky and vanilla, dusty wood (pencil shavings), crème brulee.

Finish: Sweet and spicy (cracked black pepper), oaky and lingering.


Highland Park Einar Tasting Notes

Einar was the joint Earl of Orkney from 1014. A hard and successful Viking, often venturing on many long voyages, he was relentless in his rule and clearly identifiable by his mighty axe.

Highland Park Einar is available in a 1 litre bottle, bottled at 40% ABV with a RRP of £45/€53

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour:: Rich golden, clear and bright.

Nose: Pineapple, spicy, wood smoke, dried peel and golden syrup.

Taste: Initially smoky and vanilla, citrus peel develops.

Finish: Vanilla sweetness and lingering smokiness.


Highland Park Harald Tasting Notes

Harald was an incredibly important character in the founding of the Orkney earldom, as well as having a major role in the development of Viking history. King of Norway, Harald Fairhair was famed for his army, which was revered across the world at that time.

Highland Park Harald is available in a 70cl bottle, bottled at 40% ABV with a RRP of £65/€75

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour:: Dark golden, clear and bright.

Nose: Vanilla, ginger root, peat smoke, dried strawberries and sandalwood.

Taste: Victoria sponge, grated nutmeg with a hint of lavender.

Finish: Complex and spicy with hints of peel.


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