Highland Park Einar

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And what do welcoming people with their own airport say to me when I call them while flying? That’s right: Hi! Land, Park! Thus that’s what I’m going to do for these reviews.

You know, that thing we all do on a normal basis.

Highland Park is known for releasing various series. They don’t overdo it, in my personal opinion. One of them was made specifically for the travel retail market and now finds itself at some stores. Originally created just for the travel market, I have met a few collectors who wish they have a full warrior group worthy of a Michael Crichton novel.

If you don’t get that joke, you have a better library than I did in high school.

So as my first ever in the Warrior series (I don’t travel too often), I tried Highland Park Einar. This was aged in American oak and Sherry casks, much like the standard. Who was Einar? Well, he was the joint Earl of Orkney from 1014, a bold and ruthless warrior and ruler, renowned for venturing on long and daring voyages and clearly distinguishable by his mighty axe.

As opposed to the other Vikings who may have just had other adjectives of axes.

Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?

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Price: N/A at the LCBO (based on their online database, I thought that it was there)

Region: Island

Abv: 40%

Colour: 2.5Y 7/8

Nose: Nectarine, cereal, coal

Nose is light. I take quite a bit of time on this one, give it more time, and… not much comes out. It’s very light. Stone fruit and cereal. Some more earth. I’m liking the 12 better at the moment.

Taste: Peach, cream, earth, cinnamon

Alright, flavour wise the taste has certainly gotten better. Peaches and cream to start.

And then peaches and cream. Some earth and… peaches and cream. Some cinnamon and… peaches and cream. All of it is light, and nothing goes too nuts.

Finish: Earth, peach, nutmeg, more nutmeg

The finish has more peach, more earth, and then is dominated by nutmeg. I keep looking, it keeps giving nutmeg.

Conclusion: Meh. This is very much peach light water. It’s not bold and daring as Einar was. It’s mostly stone fruit. I thought the taste may have something, but it ended up being light peach and cream.

I can’t recommend this one. The light flavours don’t do enough, and there are much more interesting whiskies out there.


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