Highland Park unveils its Warriors

22 February, 2013

Highland Park last night (February 22) unveiled The Warrior Series, which will comprise a range of six single malt whiskies.

Initially exclusive to European Travel Retail, the Warrior Series consists of Svein, Einar and Harald.

Svein and Einar are available in 1litre bottles at €40 and €53 while Harald is a 70cl bottle priced at €75. The other three expressions will be released globally during the summer.

The concept behind Warriors is the range begins with lighter vanilla and citrus flavours and moving to more complex, richer and sweeter flavours.

The Orkney Islands brand says the “taste journey” has been achieved by increasing the quantity of European oak sherry seasoned casks as you move up the range delivering theHighland Park signature taste.

Gerry Tosh, global marketing manager, said: “The Warrior Series is a natural progression forHighland 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 classicallyHighland Parkfrom start to finish, but giving them a different and holistic experience.”

Highland Park claims to have strong Norse and Viking roots and this is celebrated in the series, focusing on key characters, famed for their warrior skills and legends.

The initial three expressions are:

- Svein is based on the ultimate Viking chieftan whose exploits are said to lie at the heart of the Orkney Saga and his appetite to adventure and merriment are legendary.

The whisky is described as:

Appearance: full golden, clear and bright;

Bouquet:Orangepeel, cassia bark, winter green, fruity (pineapple and red currants);

Palate: Initially smoky and vanilla, dusty wood (pencil shavings), crème brulee;

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

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

The whisky is described as:

Appearance: Rich golden, clear and bright;

Bouquet: Pineapple, spicy, wood smoke, dried peel and golden syrup;

Palate: Initially smoky and vanilla, citrus peel develops;

Finish: Vanilla sweetness and lingering smokiness.

- Harald was said to be an 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.

The whisky is described as:

Appearance: Dark golden, clear and bright;

Bouquet: Vanilla, ginger root, peat smoke, dried strawberries and sandalwood;

Palate:Victoriasponge, grated nutmeg with a hint of lavender;

Finish: Complex and spicy with hints of peel.

Highland Parkwas established in 1798 on Orkney and claims to be one of the most remote scotch whisky distilleries in the world. Its range comprises 12, 15, 18, 21, 25, 30 and 40-year-old single malt whiskies.

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