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Highland Park Dark Origins

This expression is bottled at 46.8% ABV and made from “double” first fill Sherry Casks which I understand to mean some American oak and some European oak. I have a “bit of a thing” for smoke and sherry so when I saw this at WhiskyLive! Singapore I purchased a bottle. The nose packs a punch with dried fruits, dates, plums and some woody notes, charred oak as well. I suspect some of the color of this “dark” whisky was driven by selection of heavily charred casks. A little alcohol and spice give the nose some heat as well. The taste is rich, spicy, even sharp, with some peat notes, salt, cayenne pepper, orange peel and bitter baker’s chocolate. Water helps to tone down the spice and bring out more sweet milk chocolate and berries. The finish is sweet and spicy and some smoke lingers a little while too. This a good whisky by most standards but Highland Park has really high standards and this falls a little short for me with the occasional harsh note suggesting some of the whisky in this "no age statement" expression was not quite ready for primetime.

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Nope

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