Highland Park Warriors On The March Again
Highland Park, the multi award-winning single malt whisky, is set to unleash the second battalion from its Global Travel Retail army with the release of the final three expressions from The Warrior Series.
Previously exclusive to European Travel Retail, the latest additions to The Warrior Series will be released through Global Travel Retail channels from early September. Sigurd, the fourth in this range of single malt whiskies, will be unleashed first, closely followed into battle by Ragnvald and when Thorfinn hits the shelves in October the army of Warriors will be complete.
The six whiskies, which make up the series, are driven collectively by their flavour, allowing Highland Park to take the palate on a taste journey like no other. While the final three additions continue to offer a spectrum of flavour grounded in Highland Park’s gently smoky but surprisingly sweet character, the taste journey has been amplified by the increasing quantity of European oak sherry seasoned casks. This allows Sigurd, Ragnvald and Thorfinn to deliver more complex, richer and sweeter flavours.
It is not only the flavour profile that becomes richer and more dramatic, the style of the packaging reflects the specific casks used in each expression and the scarcity and rarity of the whisky. Both Sigurd and Ragnvald are presented in decorative wooded boxes, while Thorfinn comes housed in a striking piano black box with distinctive gold detailing.
The successful launch of the first three Warrior expressions, Einar, Svein and Harald, earlier in the year saw all three bottlings win Gold at the Scotch Whisky Masters Awards 2013. The trio also collected a number of medals at the 6th International Wine & Spirits Competition, with Svein taking a coveted Gold medal and Harald and Einar both receiving Silver Outstanding awards.
Commenting on new additions to The Warrior Series, Gerry Tosh, Global Marketing Manager, 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.”
Glen Williams, Managing Director Maxxium Travel Retail, said: “The Warrior Series has been one of Maxxium’s most successful travel retail launches ever 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.”
The second coming of The Warrior Series comprises:
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.
Official Tasting Notes -
Sigurd - €150
ABV: 43% Appearance: Autumna Gold, clear and bright
Bouquet: Fresh hay bales, mango, golden syrup sponge, caramalised pineapple and a fragrant smokiness
Palate: Sweet lemon peel, spicy cinnamon bark, oaky woodiness and a hint of lavender
Finish: Spicy smokiness with lingering dusty wood notes
Ragnvald - €400
ABV: 44.6% Appearance: Medium russet, clear and bright
Bouquet: Ripe damsons, oriental spices, candied peel and night scented stock
Palate: Well-balanced smoke and sweet, grated nutmeg, vanilla pods and high cocoa chocolate
Finish: Complex lingering gingery spiciness and smoke
Thorfinn - €1000
ABV: 45.1% Appearance: Dark russet, clear and bright
Bouquet: Cedarwood, camphor, mango, coriander, spicy smokiness and vanilla pods
Palate: Very complex, ginger root to the fore followed by smoked oak
Finish: Complex lingering spiciness and smoke