Highland Park Dark Origins

Highland Park

Dark Origins

(0.75l, 46.8%)


6.8/10
Retail price:
$105
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$92.99
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From the most northerly distillery in Scotland.

Situated on the island of Orkney to the west of Kirkwall, Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in Scotland. It was founded by Magnus Eunson in the late 18th century, one of many Orcadian smugglers and illicit Whisky producers who rebelled against the heavy excise duties imposed to finance the war with Napoleon. It is said that he used his position as church officer to conceal Whisky beneath the church pulpit. 

The distillery was licensed in 1826 by Robert Borwick, whose son-in-law, the local Exciseman John Robertson, is generally credited with routing out the smugglers. Highland Park is one of the few distilleries to use hard water. Also unusual is the use of traditional floor maltings for germinating the barley, which is then dried over a fire of local aromatic heather peat. This is the source of the heathery smokiness that is characteristic of Highland Park Whiskies. 

Highland Park Dark Origins celebrates the origins of Highland Park back before the official founding in 1798. It celebrates its infamous founder, Magnus Eunson, a butcher and church official by day, a Whisky smuggler and distiller outwitting the excisemen at night. Dark Origins is matured exclusively in Sherry casks, from which 80% are first-fill and 20% refill Sherry casks. This makes for a dark, chocolatey and rich Scotch. Elusive as its founder. 

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour

Rich mahogany
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Sherry spice, ripe bananas, baked apple, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, dates.
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Sweet peat, nutty melted milk chocolate, orange, cherries.
 
Finish
Enduring, sweet. 

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  • Style
    Single Malt Peated Whiskey
  • Region
    Island
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46.8%
  • Distillery
    Highland Park
  • Bottler
    Highland Park
  • Chill Filtered?
    No

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cherry
spiced orange
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nutty
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Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Highland Park Dark Origins
Bill
Disappointing. The spice notes are pronounced, but I don't think that they're very well balanced. Actually poured out the rest of the first glass after a few sips. It's a pity that Flaviar can't offer tasting samples of all their offerings. Both bottles I just bought (this one and Quiet Man) were both a disappointment. I feel like I've wasted my money.
Chris
Well balanced dram between Highland and Islay flavors, what HP is known for.
James
Love the sherry and peat combo. Young rough spice and some older smooth whisky in here as well. A great dram from Highland Park despite no age statement. A favorite!
anonymous
One of the best scotch whiskeys ive ever had the pleasure of tasting. Super smooth and smokey taste.
Jonas
Spicy sherry with a dtop off water
Kun
A bit too spicy
anonymous
Semi dark. Spicy.
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