Highland Park Tastings – The Final March of the Warriors
We are tasting the final three Warriors from Highland Park.
The Warrior Series is a range of six single malts whiskies showcasing the very best of Highland Park. The first three expressions of this series were, Svein, Einar and Harald.
The final three are, Sigurd, Ragnvald and Thorfinn. These are the ones being tasted tonight. These are available at Travel Retail outlets from October 2013.
Highland Park Global Marketing Manager Gerry Tosh said: “The initial introduction of The Warrior Series has been extremely positive and the recent accolades highlight just how strong the individual whiskies are. “We’re confident that the final three expressions in the series will further bolster Highland Park’s position in the travel retail arena, this eye catching collection not only looks spectacular but we are confident that the whisky will continue to grow our award-winning reputation.”
Maxxium Travel Retail Managing Director Glen Williams added: “The Warrior Series has been one of Maxxium’s most successful travel retail launches and has already exceeded our own expectations. Completing the range is very exciting as we now have the opportunity to replicate this success with the new expressions.”
Highland Park Distillery
telephone – 01856 874619
website – www.highlandpark.co.uk
Owners – The Edrington Group.
THE STORIES BEHIND THE NAMES
Sigurd – considered amongst the strongest and most courageous warriors, and ultimately one of the most feared Viking earls featured in the Orkneyinga Saga.
Ragnvald – arguably the most famous and pioneering of all Vikings to enter unchartered waters. Nephew of Earl Magnus, Ragnvald was most at home aboard his longship undertaking his many great expeditions throughout the Middle East and even Asia.
Thorfinn – was a man of much power and influence, who at one stage controlled the whole of the Orkney Islands. The Orkneyinga Saga described him as a great chief, the tallest and strongest of men whose remains are buried in St Magnus Cathedral on Orkney.
This trio all come with no age statement. Lets pop the corks and have a wee taste.
Highland Park – Sigurd, Highland Single Malt Whisky, 43% Alc/vol
Nose…Mild heather smoke, sweet tropical fruits, quite delicate.
Taste…Oak beams, lemon zest, a wee spicy tingle, a floral note, quite mouth coating.
Finish…Plenty of wood, light spicy smoke, nice and lingering.
Travel Retail price 150 Euro’s.
Highland Park – Ragnvald, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 44.6% Alc/vol
Nose…Mixed citrus peel, vibrant spiciness, dark chocolate, soft plums.
Taste…Sweet smoke, winter spice, grated rich chocolate, vanilla icing.
Finish…The sweet smoke and spices go on and on.
Travel Retail price 400 Euro’s
Highland Park – Thorfinn, Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 45.1% Alc/vol
Nose…Vanilla, lightly spice smoke, aromatic pine wood shavings, Caribbean soft fruits.
Taste…Ginger covered in smooth chocolate, coffee, a fruit sweetness, not to forget the spicy and tingly smoke, so complex.
Finish…The ginger spice heat and the smoke keeps the palate well coated for such a long time.
Travel Retail price 1,000 Euro’s
That was such a great tasting, this trio will go on and on to win awards and accolades, we can only ask our readers that if hey get a chance to taste or buy a bottle, then they should jump at it.
Highland Park Distillery is one that both the Whisky Boys have wanted to visit for such a long time. We have found that we really enjoy all their expressions, and love all the single cask bottling’s by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
So the Whisky Boy can only pass on our congratulations to all at Highland Park for yet again creating another triumph.