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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Double First Fill Sherry Casks
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
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07 Jul 2014 8:42 pm by Goodfella6

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€ 96.84

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Dark Origins

122 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.22 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super 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 whisky has been discontinued.

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

  2. karloff scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    I drank this in Whitby Abby cemetery as I watched the sun set,bats were flying around and the church clock was chiming, amazing location and a wonderful drink for the occasion thanks to Peatbogger.     
    • Nose
      A soaked summer fruit pudding my mother in law makes and the smoke just lingers in the background nicely,there is some ginger biscuit and sticky toffee pudding, it smells light.  
    • Taste
      This is like a fine dark red wine that is slightly smoky, a strange combination but it works well for me, it is really quite smooth, prune juice from a tin,there is some dryness but that's fine.    
    • Finish
      The finish is long and dry, in fact, it's very dry,with some smoke on the death.     

  3. Othorion scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • 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

  4. theo22 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Got the Dark Origins as a gift.
    It's good to drink, but the price is absolutely excessive.

  5. 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

  6. 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)...

  7. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Ingenious combination of sherry and peat in pleasant drinkable, but full of form! (Of course, if I included NAS and Price, it would be closer to 85P, but I do not)
    • Nose
      Beautiful sherry, spices, overripe banana toasted, ginger, clove, rosemary, berry bushes
    • Taste
      Very aromatic and full, quite dry (but I like it), orange peel, dark chocolate with maraschino cherry, in the background constantly the typical HP smoke / light peat
    • Finish
      Medium to long, dry, sweet (cherry) and some smoke remain

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    A different but very good expresion of HP.
    • Nose
      So unlike HP. Unusual amount of sherry nicely mixed with sweet peat. Earthy notes with a mix of nuts. Smoke, some rubber and a little salty.

      Chocolate fudge and some orange.
    • Taste
      Fruity on both dark red plums and raisins as well as oranges.

      Salty, spicy, smoky. The typical HP is there, but there's so much more, I quite like it.
    • Finish
      Good and long, with sherry, smoke and coffee. A bit drying.

  10. Xstream scored this whisky 64 points Expert Senior

    I especially taste spirit. I do not get it out of my head anymore. Little else happens in this whisky.


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