Highland Park Dark Origins, 46.8%

Price: $110 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Dark Origins is a new addition to Highland Park's core range, inspired by the distillery's founder, Magnus Eunson. The recipe embraces twice as many first-fill sherry casks than that of Highland Park 12 year old. Chocolate malt, caramel, and ripe bananas on the nose, with a whiff of coal dust. Silky on the palate, with dry sherry, autumn berries, plus more coal and a spicy, plain chocolate edge. Long and dry in the smoky finish, with black pepper.