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Highland Park unveils its Dark Origins

Highland Park has added a new expression called Dark Origins to its core range of single malt Scotch whiskies.

Dark Origins, a 46%abv non-chill filtered single malt, will start to appear on shelves in July and roll out internationally throughout autumn 2014.   

It uses twice as many first fill sherry casks than in the classic Highland Park 12 year old resulting in a naturally darker, richer flavour with sherried spice, a chocolate twist and signature sweet smoke of the Orcadian whisky. Highland Park is one of the few distilleries not using distiller’s caramel and so Dark Origins takes its natural colour from the interaction between spirit and cask.

Gerry Tosh, global marketing manager, says: “Cask management is so very crucial to our work at Highland Park. We have strived to raise the bar, working tirelessly in sourcing the right wood and then working and finessing the balances to ensure we create single malt that is rich, warm and enticing in flavour. Dark Origins sits in the heart of our core range complementing them perfectly – distinct in itself, but always and forever a classic Highland Park.”

Dark Origins will be exclusively available from Harrods the first two weeks of July for £64.95. It will then be available to specialist independent whisky retailers, at the Highland Park distillery and

The packaging was designed by Highland Park’s long term design agency Mountain Creative

7 July 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor