Highland Park – Dark Origins


Sampled at Whisky Birmingham 2016 run by The Birmingham Whisky Club.

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.


Deep mahogany.


Spices, cinnamon, vanilla and a nutty chocolate note.


A mix of peat and chocolate -dry and sweet, with a hint of fruit but not very strong.


Long, sweet, mix of peat and chocolate as on the nose.


A surprisingly sweet yet peaty dram. Slightly disappointing that the spice from the nose didn’t seem to carry into the palate however it may have just been my inability to pick up the subtle notes that was at play here. Overall very enjoyable and such a shame that it has now been discontinued.



Taken from Highland Park Website.




Dark Origins is inspired by the cunning spirit and courageous personality of Highland Park’s infamous founder, Magnus Eunson. This latest addition to the core expressions uses twice as many first fill sherry casks than in the classic Highland Park 12 year old resulting in a naturally darker, richer flavour.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Rich mahogany
Nose: Sherried spice and ripe bananas combine with toasted hazelnuts and baked apple
Palate: Well-balanced, dry peat at first mellowing out to maraschino cherries, warm dark chocolate entices the palate
Finish: Enduring sweet smoke

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