Highland Park Dark Origins Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Data

Category   Whisky

Sub-Category   Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Origin   Orkney, Scotland

Retail Price   $79.99

ABV   46.8%%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep mahogany color with streaks of gold catching the light.

Aromatics

The Sherry cask are quite evident supported by notes of dried berries, roasted hazelnut, earth, orange zest, banana bread, and charred oak.

Flavor

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.

Cool Factor

A

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

Value Grade

C

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

Analysis

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.

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