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Highland Park Dark Origins

Overall rating
84.13/100
votes
505
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Double First Fill Sherry Casks
Strength
46.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010314301699
Added on
07 Jul 2014 8:06 pm by Goodfella6
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 73,22

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Dark Origins

104 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.13 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Administrator

    Fancy bottle, marketing-driven NAS presentation and a hefty price tag: why on earth would I review Highland Park Dark Origins? Because it's surprisingly good! Heavy sherry aroma with spices, baked apple and distant peat smoke greets the nose. I get raisins, dates, polished wood and, oddly enough, menthol cigarettes. The taste is sweet, then astringent, before the sweetness returns with walnuts, black tea and well-measured sherry cask influence. After a savory and mildly peaty finish, I must confess I am almost sad that this Single Malt is discontinued.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. Othorion scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Delicious!
    • Nose
      Nose: sherry, herb-spicy, nutmeg, herbs, honey banana, ginger, very soft smoke
    • Taste
      Taste: dark fruits, with oranges, some caramel, grape and nut chocolate, subtle smoke, some sea salt, spicy, dry
    • Finish
      Finish: quite long, warming with ginger, chocolate and some smoke

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Candied oranges, caramel a little trafficoté, but malt, a little salt, butter, fine smoke make this NAS a dram of choice!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2015]  I comped this bottle to a sulphur-loving friend (german by his dark origin, what else?).  I bought it for 65 Euro in March, 2015.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 75.  My notes state "the dark origins are clearly located way down south underground in a place called HELL".  It is heavily spoiled with sulphur and I found it at least a suitable name for this release.  Not sure if later batches are that much wounded by sulphur too (any comments on that are highly welcome)...

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      A whiff of smoke, some suphur notes, but not too distracting. mixed dried fruits (raisins, plums) with some assortment of nuts.
    • Taste
      83 83
      More heavy on the smoke, tuttifrutti, some leather and oak. black coffee and orange peel.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Bit alcoholic spicy finish, medium long. Some coffee with oak and a hint of sulphur remain

  6. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Dr.Nose scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose has sweet warm fruity scents mixed with spicy notes. Subsequent to that raisins, but also the subtle peaty notes that are so characteristic for a Highland Park. This last note is becoming clearer with every snif in the glass,..Realy delicious!
    • Taste
      During the tasting a tasteful combination of sweet and spicy notes, in which the fruity influences are hardly present in comparison with the nose.
    • Finish
      Medium long and spicy with a little bitterness at the end.

  8. KOQ24 scored this whisky 67 points Member Senior

    Nose:

    cooked Potatoes, Syrup, Raisins,Plums,faint Smoke,

    Orange,Tea,Sulphur,Dates

    Taste:

    Caramel,Raisins,Oak,light Smoke,Heather,Vanilla,

    Orange,light black Pepper

    Finish:

    short with a medium to strong Alcohol Note.

    Overall:

    The First Fill Sherry casks almost completely drown  the delicate Highland Park Character.It gets better with Oxidization, but a bit of Sulphur still stays.

    HP really tried to mask an immature Malt with aging it in First Fill Sherry casks.This falls short.
    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      60 60

  9. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I expected more after the nose, this is best part I think. 84/85.
    • Nose
      Big sherry, peat, spices, apple peel, raisin, cocoa and mint.
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry and fruits. Spicy tannic oak. Peat, tea, raisin and prune.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet, spicy.

  10. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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