Highland Park Dark Origins

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We were very excited to taste this one.  So excited I had to buy a bottle so we could do it.

This is the latest addition to the Highland Park core expressions and another No Age Statement to enter the market - love them or hate they are going to be around in increasing numbers for a while.  Highland Park   describe this whisky as  using twice as many  first fill sherry casks than in the Highland Park 12 Years Old resulting in a naturally darker, richer flavour.

Nose:   It's a good start, It smells good from a foot away. It's smoky fruit cake with a touch of marzipan which could be maraschino cherries. But there is also a citrus fruit fudge. Floral smoke keeps popping back in and there is a definite  orange segment edge - pith and all.

Taste:   Sweet on the palate. Almost dark chocolate orange. There is a balance given by notes of cape gooseberries. And such smooth smokiness which becomes a bit tobacco chewy. It is all benefited by the higher alcohol strength.

Finish:  It's all about dark chocolate orange.  Really dark chocolate that has a rich smokiness to it.

Rating:  Thumbs up from The Whisky Shop Dufftown tasting panel (both of us that is).  [DWP rating - Buy A Bottle]

Highland Park Dark Origin