Dark Origins is inspired by the story of Highland Park founder Magnus Eunson, a “dark distiller” of the late 1700s, who started off making whisky for local people under the radar of the tax collectors.
The new whisky has been made by the Edrington-owned distillery using twice the amount of whisky from first-fill sherry casks as the main Highland Park 12 Year Old, resulting in a richer whisky with what the producer called “sherried spice, a chocolate twist and the signature sweet smoke”.
Global marketing manager Gerry Tosh said: “Cask management is crucial to our work at Highland Park.
“We have strived to raise the bar, working tirelessly in sourcing the right wood and then working and finessing the balances to ensure we create single malt that is rich, warm and enticing in flavour.”
It is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46.8% and will have an rrp of £64.95 when it launches exclusively in Harrods on July 1.
It will be rolled out to specialist independent whisky retailers from July 15.