July 1, 2014 – Highland Park is jumping on the no-age-statement bandwagon with a new release. Dark Origins was inspired by Magnus Eunson, the preacher and illicit whisky maker who set up his still in the church overlooking the Orkney town of Kirkwall. While the distillery didn’t get its name until after the excisemen caught Eunson — and one bought his still, his legacy remains key to Highland Park’s history.
While the whisky carries no age statement, Highland Park indicates that it uses twice the number of sherry cask-matured malts than are used in its regular 12-year-old expression. Dark Origins is bottled at 46.8% ABV, and will be available starting this month at whisky specialist retailers in the UK and Europe, along with the distillery’s gift shop and the Highland Park web site. The whisky will be rolled out gradually in other key markets, including the United States, over the next several months.
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