Country: Scotland – Islands Distillery: Highland Park Type: Single Malt Age: NAS Cask: 1st Fill Sherry (European and American) & 2nd Fill Sherry ABV: 46.8% Proof: 93.6 Price: $85
Nose: Vanilla, figs and cocoa. When water is added toffee and burnt milk appears.
Palate: Sweeter than expected. Creamy. Peat, coffee beans and chocolate are blended in a pleasant way.
Finish: Long and sweet. Muted. Bitter chocolate notes at the end.
Dark Origins from Highland Park is a single malt created in honour of the 'dark' character of Orkney Island, Magnues Eunson. He was the mastermind behind illegal distillation on the island.
Whisky also has a dark character. New and used sherry, European and American oaks blend in a nice way to create an experiment. When I tasted the Dark Origins, I had no problem defining it as a good whisky that can be enjoyed. Honestly, it also had more points before my revisit. Though, I figured out that I couldn't find the Highland Park character I liked here.
No surprise that in the upcoming years it has become harder for me to appreciate every new bottle coming from the Orkney distillery. Dark Origins felt like a starting point.