Three Tired Warriors From Highland Park

by Oliver Klimek on January 23, 2014

Highland Park decided to submit the lower end of their new Travel Retail Warriers Series to the 2013 Malt Maniacs Awards. Here are my impressions (ratings determined blind, re-tasted for notes):

highland_park_sveinHighland Park Svein – 40%

Colour: Medium gold
Nose: Cider, lemon zest, vanilla, faint hints of floral honey, freshly ground pepper.
Palate: Very mild peat, vanilla, honey, hints of mature cheese, nutmeg and pepper.
Finish: Medium long, spicy and slightly smoky.
Overall: A rather gentle expression of Highland Park, not very complex but with some nice flavours that will occupy your tastebuds for a while.

Rating: 82/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

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highland_park_einarHighand Park Einar – 40%

Colour: Dark gold
Nose: Very shy, just hints of apples and honey first, later citrus notes emerge.
Palate: Vanilla, just hints of stewed fruits and veeery gentle peat.
Finish: Medium long, slightly fuity and slightly sweet.
Overall: No, this is not a bad whisky. This is just a bland whisky. The “bold complexity” mentioned in the official tasting notes must have taken a day off when I was tasting it. Nice finish though.

Rating: 75/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

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highland_park_haraldHighland Park Harald – 40%

Colour: Dark gold
Nose: Again, very much on the gentle side. Vanilla, orange zest, honey and mild spices.
Palate: Mild peat, orange blossom honey, melons, vanilla, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Finish: Medium long, slightly fuity and slightly sweet.
Overall: I really like the banlace of flavours here, but the 40% disease has struck this warrior the hardest of the three.

Rating: 81/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

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According to the Highland Park Website, the Warrior Series is “showcasing the very best of Highland Park”. If so, we must be seriously worried about the quality of their stock. These No Age Statement Whiskies only give fuel to the sentiment that in reality NAS stands for No Aged Stock. Granted, all three are not very expensive, and I even liked the cheapest one best. But would be hard pressed to give you an argument why you should pick these bottles over the regular Highland Park range.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Gal Granov January 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm

that is really silly, why they did not submit the better older Warriors.

i’ve had the pleasure of tasting all 6 and Ragnvald is an excellent whisky (too expensive, yes, but very very very good, loved it). so is the 1,000 EUR Thorfinn.

i am sure you would have liked those 2 quite a bit. they do contain some very old whiskies, and they are superb.

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Tony Bagnall January 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm

I’m with Galg,Thorfinn and Ragnvald were exceptional.

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Jeff January 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Or, maybe they just submitted the bottom three hoping for a nice candied review and someone willing to talk the barely average into the stratosphere to boost sales (and there is a lot of this going on across the Internet). Or maybe they should just tone down the spending on marketing and return to reality.

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