Bought: Whiskysite, Holland, 23th May 2015
80/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
84.24/100 – Whiskybase (average from 219 member votes)
8.5/10 – Whisky Wednesday (see video below)
80/100 from the Whisky Bible might not sound fantastic but that’s only because the author, Jim Murray, detects some dreaded sulphur in this dram. He actually gives this Highland Park (HP) 23/25 for taste (92/100) but it’s the nose and finish that let it down in his opinion. If you pinch your nose and move quickly between each sip you should be ok! A comment about the taste includes “there is an abundance of high grade chocolate here”. It sounds like Dark Origins would combine nicely with some dark chocolate.
Over 84/100 on Whiskybase is an excellent score. To give you a point of reference, the standard HP 12yo scores 82.38/100 on Whiskybase from over 700 member votes. Although the Dark Origins is NAS (non-aged statement) it seems to have something extra compared to the HP12. Comments on Whiskybase about the Dark Origins include “a very nice malt with a twist”, “as good as everyone says it is. Has a little bit of everything” and “affordable and easy to drink”.
The last comment about ‘affordable’ I’m not convinced about but it depends where you are in the world. The lowest price in the UK right now is £55 but I got my bottle from Holland for the equivalent of £43. Shop around if you fancy an HP with a difference and stock up on some dark chocolate to have with it.
Video review by Whisky Wednesday, March 2016: