First Impression: Lark RR 15

[69.3%・4 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

Quite dry to begin, pungent Chinese massage oil with ginseng and lemon oil; but beneath that there’s a confectionary creaminess to it which really extends the depth, making room for citrus fruits and coconut cream.  The fruit peels then offer a bitter edge that allows a wee hint of smoke to pass through.

Palate & Finish:

A sticky affair, the syrupy hit draws out a concentrated orange note, the peat is distant but it provides this herbal note that draws out the buttery nature of the dram.

Softness of vanilla paired well with a wonderful citrus infusion, with a hint of burnt toffee lingering.

Thoughts:

The 14-day-fermentation process is obviously something that’s quite fascinating.  Perhaps it did offer brighter tone of flavours at the cask’s disposal, and the result is certainly funky.

-Nicholas