Highland Park Dark Origins Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Sub-Category Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Origion Orkney, Scotland
Retail Price $79.99
In the Glass
Deep mahogany color with streaks of gold catching the light.
The Sherry cask are quite evident supported by notes of dried berries, roasted hazelnut, earth, orange zest, banana bread, and charred oak.
Dark fruit and cocoa nibs take the lead with pretty smoke and meaty notes, with treacle, baked apples, and stewed berries all enveloped in sweet Sherry.
Intensity & Texture
Bold & assertive but ideally balanced with a silky texture and peppery finish offering great length.
This is a great new edition to the HP line-up. It’s a great dram for sure but it also diverts sufficiently from the house-style making it “must have.” - Grade A
At $80 it’s no bargain but in context of the SMW market – it’s not bad. The number of Scotch Whiskies we can truly call bargains is shrinking rapidly. However, any benchmark bottling sold south of $100 is noteworthy. Grade - C
Highland Park has been busy in recent years creating new bottlings with clever names and no age statements. While this may annoy some Whisky enthusiasts you can’t escape one seminal truth – these Whiskies are damn good. Dark Origins may be the best of the recent HP creations. This unique blend utilizes twice as many first-fill Sherry casks as their iconic 12 year old. It’s designed to be a rich and bold expression and will by year’s end replace the 15 year old in the HP line-up. (Tearing-up slightly with this loss.)
How to Enjoy
This is a serious Whisky. This great Whisky deserves to be enjoyed neat or with a splash or two of water. If you must chill Dark Origins please do so with a large, slow melting cube of ice. I like mine in a Glencairn Whisky glass with a splash of water.