Highland Park Dark Origins70cl / 46.8%
- Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
A sherried release from Highland Park, Dark Origins is a combination of 80% first fill sherry casks (of which 60% is European oak and 20% American) and 20% refill sherry. A dark expression which fits in with the distillery's origins – founder Magnus Eunson being a smuggler who worked in the darkness of night.
- Black Pepper
- Dark Chocolate
Highland Park Dark Origins Reviews
Tasting Notes by Rocky
Nose: Initial spiritiness burns off to reveal a swathe of chocolatey notes (both milk and dark) combined with cherries, toffee and hints of butterscotch
Palate: The dark chocolate is more prominent with black-pepper spice and hints of fig, prune and orange zest. There's a whack of smoke running through the centre with sweetness at either side
Finish: The chocolate slowly dissipates to leave the sweet smoke
Colour: Rich mahogany
Nose: Sherried spice and ripe bananas combine with roasted hazelnuts and baked apple
Palate: Well-balanced, dry peat at first mellowing out to maraschino cherries, warm dark chocolate entices the palate
Finish: Enduring sweet smoke
15 Customer Reviews
I was worried this maybe shouldn't have been my first Highland Park whiskey (my local shop discontinued HP, can you believe that?) but it was all I could get when I decided to try HP. Amazingly good and complex. A wonderful experience!
An amazing complex nose and taste that brings the smoky highland park into a very distinct and creative sherry bomb finish
Highland Park have perfected the art of 'a hint of smoke'. An exquisite dram!
There are times when one is surprised and shocked that perfection has somehow been improved. This is one of them.
My other favorites are Shieldag 18yr, Grangestone 18yr and Mccallum 18yr...all smooth and Shieldag my more of a go to BUT this one is special moments and very savory with a hint of smoke...I’m not a Smokey/Peety fan but a hint of it like this one is perfect.
What a pleasant surprise! Well done HP
I was disappointed by this. I was at a tasting of this with other Islay samples and this just didn't measure up. It was like the forever Bridesmaid but never the Bride. It didn't give you that feeling that this special. It took the middle road. It couldn't reach the character of a Scapa Glansa or a Jura Superstition, which is sad. I like Highland Park, but this is not worth the time or money. Its smooth, but its also boring.
Its a black forest gateau in a glass. Lovely digestif.
just had a couple drams at the Luggage Room in London. lovely scotch. totally tasted butterscotch before reading any tasting notes
Light smoke, smooth finish
This is my happy place
I didn''t like this. I found too much sulphur on the finish.
Bought this at the distillery. I agree with the other reviewer''s notes. Quite Christmas cakey for a Highland Park and punchier. Hugely enjoyable.
Very pleasing. Abundant fruit and sherry notes and taste. Smoke and chocolate towards the finish. Very nice dram indeed. I took a punt on it and was very pleased. Would buy again