Infused with the viking spirit, Highland Park The Dark and Light Combo are two limited special editions whisky. The Light is inspired by the spring and summer on Orkney, where Highland Park is made, whereas The Dark is inspired by the Autumn and Winter.
The Dark is a 17-year-old single malt that has been matured in sherry casks, giving it aromas of dried fruits, nuts and herbs that continue into the palate, where they are joined by distinctive notes of smoky peat.
Color: Coppery gold to light amber.
Nose: Overall light nose. Sweet and spice dominant aromas. Cinnamon is the main spice whereas clover backs it up. Some dried fruits; sultanas, berries, and figs add the sweetness. Little bits of wood notes, like resins from a pine tree at the back. The smoke is very faint, almost like coming from a hay fire.
Palate: Follows a similar pattern to the nose but this time a little bit darker and bitter. Cinnamon still keeps its dominance. Dark berries and chocolate covered orange dragee is the sweet factor. A little bit of nuttiness. Smoke is not strong but still noticeable. Dry oak and fresh ground coffee add bitterness near the end.
Finish: Medium to a long finish. Dry and bitter aftertaste with almost no sweetness.