The first release in a series from Highland Park launched in 2017, The Dark is a 17 year old single malt which has been drawn from European oak Sherry-seasoned casks. A fantastic example of how blending Sherried richness with elegant smoky elements can work spectacularly.
Nose: Cinnamon sticks, pine and ginger, with layers of chocolate-chip cookie dough and fruitcake bringing sweetness.
Palate: Plump raisins and roasted coffee beans, with light wisps of heather-y smoke appearing later on.
Finish: Mint chocolate ice cream, prunes, almonds and forest floor richness.