Lark Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: June 22, 2015 in Australia, World Whiskies & Spirits

Lark Distillery Port Matured, Single Cask, Cask Strength 58%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Dense aromas of very clean herbal wine cask with dried orange, sultana and an almost sherry-like herbal intensity. Hints of over stewed tea, toffee, dusty/ powdered sweet spice along with a late vanilla note.

Palate: Lightly oiled and very soft. Quite figgy and raisinated with plenty of clean, dry winey notes. The dusty spices build on the middle as the alcohol powers through.

Finish: Long and juicy with a chocolate malt and herbal rye-like finish.

Conclusion: For 58% it’s very easy to drink neat, although the finish is a little on the dry side.

Lark Distillery Port Matured, Single Cask, Cask Strength – Heavily Peated 62.5%

Tasted: Feb 2016

Nose: Wheat-a-bix and hot milk! My god, this isn’t out of its nappy! Hints of Bovril, toffee and burnt malt.

Palate: Shows a better balance, just. Still it’s all about the malt and Wheat-a-bix copiously smothered in treacle, Bovril and chocolate powder. It’s intense and winey with dried fruit and a hint of peat smoke.

Finish: Spirity and intense with lingering winey fruit and smoke.

Conclusion: I can see the attraction of the palate. It’s young, intense and ‘in yer face’ as they say, but the nose doesn’t do it any favours.

Lark Distillery Limited Release Single Cask, Sherry Aged, Cask Strength 61%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Intense and dusty-spiced sherry with hints of fern, farmyards, earth and camphor. Lightly smoked with the herbal character becoming quite rye-like. A late marzipan note becomes apparent. Dilution makes the nose simpler, emphasising the marzipan.

Palate: Chunky Oloroso, dry spice and alcohol.  Exceedingly woody and masked. Water brings out a light smoke, rasinated fruit, prunes, liquorice and treacle. It’s a lot more civilised now!

Finish: Quite long and herbal with a serious alcohol bite!

Conclusion:  Neat it’s all cask and alcohol. Water does bring out a little complexity.


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