Highland Park - The Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul
Published: 2 Sep 2016
The Highland Park Warrior Series, exclusive to global travel retail, is a range of single malt whiskies showcasing the very best of Highland Park’s ‘intensely balanced’ classic character. Each variant takes you on a taste journey, influenced by the type of cask it is aged in, and brings to life some of the more interesting and colourful characters of the Viking era.
Orkney’s history is inextricably linked with Vikings; in fact many Orcadians are direct descendants from the Norse people. Orkney was part of a Scandinavian kingdom until the islands were pawned to the Scottish Crown by Christian I of Denmark as a dowry for his daughter’s marriage to James III of Scotland in 1468. Highland Park has been part of Orkney’s rich heritage since 1798 and as such it too has links to Norse history. The characters and their stories Mesmerising strong characters famed in history for their warrior skills and legends.
SVEIN 40% vol, 1L
Svein was the ultimate Viking chieftain whose exploits lie at the heart of the Orkneyinga Saga and his appetite for adventure and merriment are legendary.
Svein is made using American oak sherry casks and is bright and gold in appearance. Pineapple and orange aromas come to the fore. The American oak delivers crème brulee flavours, combined with gentle peat smoke and sherry seasoned casks offering a peppery and sweet finish.
EINAR 40% vol – 1L
Einar was the joint Earl of Orkney from 1014. A hard successful Viking, often venturing on many long voyages, he was relentless in his rule clearly identifiable by his mighty axe.
Einar has a rich and golden appearance and this richer colour comes from the addition of European oak sherry casks. Aromas of dried orange peel unfold in the glass. Dried peel and vanilla pods follow through to the palate; gentle smoke, lingers on the finish.
HARALD 40% vol – 70 cl
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 was famed for his army, which was revered across the world.
Harald is a whisky of perfect balance. The combination of American oak and European oak matured whiskies creates a complex and balanced spirit. Ginger and sandalwood aromas are complimented by sweet sponge and nutmeg flavours.
SIGURD 45% vol – 70cl
Sigurd was one of the most feared Viking warriors considered to be strong, courageous and in possession of a warriors instinct as razor share as the sword he carried by his side.
Autumnal gold in colour with fragrant smoke and charred pineapple on the nose; this whisky is big and bold. Layers of flavour uncover lemon peel, cinnamon and lavender.
RAGNVALD 44.6% vol – 70cl
Ragnvald arguably the most famous and pioneering of all Vikings to enter uncharted waters, he was most at home aboard his longship undertaking his many great expeditions throughout the Middle East and even Asia.
Our sherry seasoned casks are the finest casks available. The European oak sherry casks offer the richest, most succulent flavours. Ragnvald has been made to highlight the best of European oak sherry casks. Dark chocolate, candied peel and night scented stock deliver a formidable aroma. Smoke lingers behind grated nutmeg and high cocoa content chocolate.
THORFINN 45.1% vol – 70 cl
Thorfinn was a man of much power and influence who at one stage controlled the whole of the Orkney Islands. The Orkenyinga Saga described him as a great chief, the tallest and strongest of men whose remains are buried in St Magnus Cathedral on Orkney.
The dark russet appearance sets the tone for this deep and complex whisky. Spicy smokiness arrives at the fore and is followed by an array of flavours. Ginger, dried fruits and lingering spice are a result of the scarce and valuable European oak sherry seasoned casks.
KING CHRISTIAN I (Limited to 300 bottles) 46.8% vol – 70cl
This Highland Park bottling celebrates King Christian I of Denmark and his important role in the Orkney Islands becoming part of Scotland in 1468. He was a clever and cosmopolitan sovereign who managed to unite Denmark, Norway and Sweden, a region that at the time, included the Orkney Islands where our world renowned distillery has been based since 1798.
The whisky itself marries together honey sweetness with tropical notes and spice with a finish encased in soft smokiness showing the diversity of its influences, without ever losing sight of our classic Highland Park style.
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