Highland Park released six NAS (no age statement) whiskies for the European travel retail market: Svein, Einar, Harald, Sigurd, Ragnavald and Thorfinn (in order of price). Named after the Norwegian king, Harald Fairhair, who established the Orkney earldom. King Harald also had a well-known victorious army.
Highland Park Harald has been matured in American and European oak casks. About 50% of the casks used were first fill. I must say, I wasn’t impressed at all by it. Highland Park has managed to make great whisky even with low alcohol per volume level, like HP2001, but this isn’t one of them. Okay dram, but nothing more.
Coming from the Warrior Series (Travel Retail set), Harald isn’t as fearsome as the real King Harald (movie is going to be about Harald Hardrada, sorry, couldn’t come up with a better reference)). Unfortunately, this whisky version of him falls short. Though not a bad dram at all, it’s just a little bit too delicate compared to the two I tasted: Einar and Svein.
Check out my tasting notes of Highland Park Harald below. There’s also a search bar widget by Amazon, if you want to buy the whisky from there.