Highland Park Dark Origins
70cl / 46.8%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A new sherried release from the famous Highland Park,is called Dark Origins and it is a combination of 80% first fill sherry casks (of which 60% is European oak and 20% American) and 20% refill sherry. A dark expression which fits in with the distillery's origins – founder Magnus Eunson being a smuggler who worked in the darkness of night
Dark Origins is inspired by the cunning spirit and courageous personality of Highland Park’s infamous founder, Magnus Eunson. This latest addition to the core expressions uses twice as many first fill sherry casks than in the classic Highland Park 12 year old resulting in a naturally darker, richer flavour.
Colour: Rich mahogany
Nose: Sherried spice and ripe bananas combine with toasted hazelnuts and baked apple
Palate: Well-balanced, dry peat at first mellowing out to maraschino cherries, warm dark chocolate entices the palate
Finish: Enduring sweet smoke
Fra Malt Whisky Yearbook 2012:
Owner: The Edrington Group
Region/district: Highlands (Orkney)
Status: Active (vc)
Capacity: 2 500 000 litres
Address: Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SU
Tel: 01856 874619
1798 – David Robertson founds the distillery. The local smuggler and businessman Magnus Eunson previously operated an illicit whisky production on the site.
1816 – John Robertson, an Excise Officer who arrested Magnus Eunson, takes over production.
1826 – Highland Park obtains a license and the distillery is taken over by Robert Borwick.
1840 – Robert´s son George Borwick takes over but the distillery deteriorates.
1869 – The younger brother James Borwick inherits Highland Park and attempts to sell it as he does not consider the distillation of spirits as compatible with his priesthood.
1876 – Stuart & Mackay becomes involved and improves the business by exporting to Norway and India.
1895 – James Grant (of Glenlivet Distillery) buys Highland Park.
1898 – James Grant expands capacity from two to four stills.
1937 – Highland Distilleries buys Highland Park.
1979 – Highland Distilleries invests considerably in marketing Highland Park as single malt which increases sales markedly.
1986 – A visitor centre, considered one of Scotland’s finest, is opened.
1997 – Two new Highland Park are launched, an 18 year old and a 25 year old.
1999 – Highland Distillers are acquired by Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons.
2000 – Visit Scotland awards Highland Park “Five Star Visitor Attraction”. The distillery has spent over £2 million on the visitor centre and distillery.
2005 – Highland Park 30 years old is released. A 16 year old for the Duty Free market and Ambassador´s Cask 1984 are released.
2006 – The second edition of Ambassador´s Cask, a 10 year old from 1996, is released. New packaging is introduced.
2007 – The Rebus 20, a 21 year old duty free exclusive, a 38 year old and a 39 year old are released.
2008 – A 40 year old and the third and fourth editions of Ambassador´s Cask are released.
2009 – Two vintages and Earl Magnus 15 year are released.
2010 – A 50 year old, Saint Magnus 12 year old, Orcadian Vintage 1970 and four duty free vintages are released.
2011 – Vintage 1978, Leif Eriksson and 18 year old Earl Haakon are released.