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Highland Park Dark Origins Tasting notes and reviews

Issue 140 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 140

A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies

 

Highland Park Dark Origins

Brand
Highland Park
Expression
Dark Origins
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
46.80%
Produced at
Highland Park Distillery
Region
Islands
Website
www.highlandpark.co.uk
Availability
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Annabel Meikle

79
Nose
Dry oloroso sherry, spiced orange tea and crème brûlée. Water brought out dense sherry trifle with dark fruits and cherries.
Palate
Smoky bacon, char grilled pork rib and heavy caramelised roasting tins. With water, more juicy like rhumptof with plum and rhubarb.
Finish
Warm, earthy and ashy.
Comment
The sherry masks more subtle flavours so it feels a little one-dimensional.

Neil Ridley

77
Nose
Sooty, earthy and oily, coupled with a slight smoked meat note, a hint of wet sherry casks and barbecue sauce.
Palate
Sooty and peppery. Behind the cloud of dustiness lies a hint of drying oak and a very fine sweetness (dark honey) but it's hard to get past the smoke.
Finish
Dry… and then more dryness thrown in for good measure alongside the soot.
Comment
I'm thinking this is the chimney sweep's choice of whisky. Those looking for a unique style of smoke will be pleased, but for me, it lacks that hint of finesse needed to completely raise the roof.
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