Highland Park adds whisky with extra sherry ageing

highland park dark origins

A new core expression has been launched for Highland Park whisky, using twice as many sherry casks as the brand’s classic 12-year-old.

Dark Origins is a non-chill-filtered single malt with an ABV of 46.8%, with a naturally darker, richer flavour, sherried spice and a chocolate twist from its use of wood.

It is aged in twice as many first-fill ex-sherry casks than the Highland Park 12 Year Old but, alongside the richer flavours, it retains the whisky’s signature sweet smoke.

It has been inspired by Highland Park founder Magnus Eunson who, back in the late 18th century, created whisky by night for the people of Orkney while by day working tirelessly in his church providing spiritual guidance.

Gerry Tosh, global marketing manager for Highland Park, said: “Cask management is so very crucial to our work at Highland Park. We have strived to raise the bar, working tirelessly in sourcing the right wood and then working and finessing the balances to ensure we create single malt that is rich, warm and enticing in flavour.

“Dark Origins sits in the heart of our core range complementing them perfectly – distinct in itself, but always and forever a classic Highland Park.”

Rich mahogany in colour, it has notes of sherried spice and ripe bananas combined with toasted hazelnuts and baked apple on the nose, according to the tasting notes.

On the palate, it is well-balanced, with dry peat at first and then mellowing out to maraschino cherries and warm dark chocolate. It has a finish of enduring sweet smoke.

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