Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
After a discussion about the merits of Highland Park whisky on Twitter and a wonderful woman name Jo said she’d got a bottle of Einar and she’d send me a sample. Along with a sample of Einar she also sent me a sample of Forty Creek Harmony – a Canadian whisky which I will be sampling at a later date. You can find Jo’s Twitter page here Alpaca Jo and I recommend following her – just don’t bombard her with requests for samples please!
Sweet vanilla and fruit. Starts out as raisins but develops into more tropical notes after a short while, pineapple being the most dominant. Some oak in there as well along with a bit of smoke.
With Water: Less fruit and more emphasis on the vanilla, oak and smoke.
Oak and spice are dominant at first, moving into a sweet and creamy vanilla with some smoke after a little while and a touch of citrus.
With Water: The touch of citrus is completely gone with the addition of water.
Long and nutty with smoke and spice. Some sweetness and vanilla come through nearer the end.
With Water: No change on the finish.
Part of the Warriors Series originally launched for the travel retail market, I’ve wanted to explore this range for some time but as I rarely travel it’s always been a bit difficult. Now I had no idea what to expect from this going in, it is a NAS which I know puts a lot of people off although in all honest has never stopped me. For those who are put off by it then I have to say you’ve missed a treat with this one. It’s packed full of flavour and has some good depth to it. Although nowhere near on the same level as the 25 year it does a pretty good job of matching some of the flavours, just a younger iteration that’s a lot rawer.
Now although this was originally released for the travel retail market you can get your hands on it currently at The Whisky Exchange for around £60… oh and did I mention that you get 1 liter of the stuff instead of the standard 70cl? If you like your Highland Park I’d say this is well worth the money.
Unfortunately there’s no longer any information for this on the Highland Park website, either because of a faulty link or it’s been removed completely. Instead I’ve taken note from The Whisky Exchange Website.
HIGHLAND PARK EINAR
100cl / 40%
- Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
Part of the Warriors Series originally launched for the travel retail market, Einar is big and bold, just the warrior himself. Aged primarily in American oak casks and with peat smoke in the mix, this is a punchy whisky that’s sure not to disappoint.
Appearance: 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