Highland Park Dark Origins is a new core bottling from top whisky producer Highland Park that celebrates the early days of Magnus Eunson's illicit distilling on Orkney, back before the distillery was even founded in 1798. Magnus worked as a butcher and church official by day, but by night he was a legendary whisky smuggler and distiller outwitting the exciseman. To honour their hero (the Batman of the Orkney Islands, if you will), Highland Park have created a whisky with a suitably 'dark' character. Using 80% first-fill Sherry casks (20% refill), Dark Origins uses twice as many first fill sherry casks than the entry level Highland Park 12yo. This imparts the whisky with a bigger, broader and more powerful character – and is a great example of sherry wood-heavy single malt. Rich mahogany in colour, a broad and powerful nose offers aromas of sherried spice and ripe bananas, together with toasted hazelnuts and baked apple. Full bodied and balanced in the mouth, intense flavours of dry peat combine with suggestions of maraschino cherries, warm dark chocolate, raisins and smoke. Enduring and sweet on the finish, this is a splendid addition to the Highland Park portfolio.
700ml£10.57 per 100.00ml