Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky
Bottled by: Berry Bros & Rudd 70cl / 60.2%
Despite being on the other side of the world, almost as far away from Scotland as it is possible to get, Tasmanian whisky nonetheless shares many of the best characteristics of good Scotch.
Of course, the Lark distillery has many of its own excellent qualities, all of which develop much faster in Tasmania's hotter climate - amplified in this case by maturation in a trio of small 100 litre casks that give this Tasmanian single malt whisky a superabundance of flavour after only four and a bit years of ageing.
Lark whisky is rare in this hemisphere, and independent bottlings of Lark even more so - bottled at a hefty 60.2%, this 4-year-old Lark 2016 from our fancypants pals at Berry Bros is destined to be highly sought-after.
Berry Bros & Rudd
This is a vatting of three 100 litre casks, married especially for Berry Bros. & Rudd.
Nose: Citrus fruits abound on the nose, giving way to softer fruits, such as peach and apricot, and aromas suggestive of an older whisky – leather and a touch of tobacco.
Palate: The palate is powerful yet subtle. Notes of vanilla and spice from its hot climate maturation. But behind this, there are layers of complex fruits and malty notes: lychee, strawberry jam and jackfruit.
Finish: The finish would suggest a much older whisky, with musty fruity notes lingering long on the back palate. A joy to drink, or stash in the cellar for years to come.
Ronnie Cox Says
“I’ve known Bill Lark since 2003 when I visited Australia for the 1st-ever whisky convention and sampled his early product. Reassuringly familiar this 2016 dram from Tasmania is delightful with a mossy forest undercarpet, gentle spice and oodles of vanilla on the nose whilst the palate is creamy, fresh, subtle, well-balanced and long-lasting.”