Highland Park Dark Origins

70cl / 46.8%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Highland Park Dark Origins
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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.

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Cask Type


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Black Pepper Black Pepper
  • Orange Orange
  • Cherry Cherry
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate
  • Butterscotch Butterscotch

Highland Park Dark Origins Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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.

  • Producer's Notes

    • 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

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  • 5
    28 August 2018

    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!

  • 5
    29 June 2018

    An amazing complex nose and taste that brings the smoky highland park into a very distinct and creative sherry bomb finish

  • 4
    27 March 2018

    Highland Park have perfected the art of 'a hint of smoke'. An exquisite dram!

  • 5
    3 March 2018

    There are times when one is surprised and shocked that perfection has somehow been improved. This is one of them.

  • 5
    21 November 2017

    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.

  • 5
    28 July 2017

    Simply wonderful

  • 5
    14 April 2017

    What a pleasant surprise! Well done HP

  • 2
    27 January 2017

    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.

  • 4
    17 September 2016

    Its a black forest gateau in a glass. Lovely digestif.

  • 4
    5 April 2016

    just had a couple drams at the Luggage Room in London. lovely scotch. totally tasted butterscotch before reading any tasting notes

  • 4
    26 March 2016

    Light smoke, smooth finish

  • 5
    14 January 2016

    This is my happy place

  • 2
    8 November 2015

    I didn''t like this. I found too much sulphur on the finish.

  • 5
    24 October 2015

    Bought this at the distillery. I agree with the other reviewer''s notes. Quite Christmas cakey for a Highland Park and punchier. Hugely enjoyable.

  • 5
    25 April 2015

    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