The Highland Park distillery, the most northerly of Scotland and one of the most remote in the world, stands on a hill not far from Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands. The site on which it stands is probably the same one in which Magnus Eunson, a chaplain who smuggled whiskey into the local church, already distilled in the last decades of the eighteenth century. On the archipelago, due to exposure to strong gusts of wind and to the interaction with sea salt, the presence of trees is almost zero. Vegetable barley and wild heather: two essential elements for the production of this single malt. The islands were submerged by the seas in the previous geological eras, it follows that the peat, in its oldest layers, presents salty notes and develops aromas different from the peat of the other Scottish regions. The malting process is traditionally performed on stone floors and for drying the local peat is used, from the nearby Hobbister Moore, mixed with the wild heather. Distillation is carried out by means of two copper pots. For the duration of aging, from 12 to 40 years, the distillate rests in Spanish oak ex-sherry oloroso barrels. The temperature on the archipelago, as far as it is exposed to atmospheric agents, is rather constant and with small temperature variations between summer and winter. This factor allows the Single Malt to age slowly. Dark Origins is the new product of the Highland Park family. Homage to its founder, it uses European ex-sherry oak barrels in a mix of first and second fill for aging.