Highland Park

Dark Origins

ABV 46.8%
REVIEWED Issue 123
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Brand: Highland Park
Expression: Dark Origins
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2014
ABV: 46.8%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islands (Non Islay)
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Annabel Meikle
Nose: Dry oloroso sherry, spiced orange tea and crème brûlée. Water brought out dense sherry trifle with dark fruits and cherries.
Palate: Smoky bacon, char grilled pork rib and heavy caramelised roasting tins. With water, more juicy like rhumptof with plum and rhubarb.
Finish: Warm, earthy and ashy.
Comment: The sherry masks more subtle flavours so it feels a little one-dimensional.
Taster   Neil Ridley
Nose: Sooty, earthy and oily, coupled with a slight smoked meat note, a hint of wet sherry casks and barbecue sauce.
Palate: Sooty and peppery. Behind the cloud of dustiness lies a hint of drying oak and a very fine sweetness (dark honey) but it’s hard to get past the smoke.
Finish: Dry… and then more dryness thrown in for good measure alongside the soot.
Comment: I’m thinking this is the chimney sweep’s choice of whisky. Those looking for a unique style of smoke will be pleased, but for me, it lacks that hint of finesse needed to completely raise the roof.
Visit the distillery
Highland Park Distillery, Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
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