7.6 (16)
Brand
Highland Park
Expression
Einar
Whisky type
Single Malt
Range
The Warrior Series
Distillery
Highland Park Distillery
Origin
Island, Scotland
Year launched/bottled
2013
Source
Maxxium
In collection
115×

Review by Highland Park

Colour

Rich golden, clear and bright.

Nose

Pineapple, spicy, wood smoke, dried peel and golden syrup.

Palate

Initially smoky and vanilla, citrus peel develops.

Finish

Vanilla sweetness and lingering smokiness.

Note

Einar has been crafted as a tribute to one of the most feared and ruthless Vikings of his time. Driven by a heady mixture of peat smoke and American oak casks, the result is a whisky of bold complexity brought together with the addition of some broody spiciness.

Einar was a hard and successful Viking, often venturing on treacherous long voyages. Relentless and strong, Einar was easily identified by his axe, which was sharp and brutal, reflecting his fierce character, an example of which can be seen on the packaging of this expression.

Described in the Orkneyinga Saga as ‘a hard and successful fighting man’, Einar became the overall ruler of Orkney, deeply upsetting his younger brother Thorfinn. This bottling exudes many of Einar’s character traits: unrelenting in its flavour it delivers a surprisingly direct smokiness which is coupled with a darker inner layer of spice, driven by a proportion of whisky matured in European oak casks.

Source: Maxxium