First Impression: Dark Valley Lark Hunter’s Keep

[62.7%・770 Days Old・Bottled in 2016・Dark Valley Bottling・Single Cask Release of 34 Bottles]

Nose:

Dark.  Heavy oak presence with strawberry preserve, liquorice and squid ink with a sprinkle of ginger flower.

Palate & Finish:

Sweetness is excess but saved by the grace of the creaminess developed.  Caramel fudge, strawberry jam and cinnamon folded together, alongside lemon and lime zest.

Reverts to a soft milk chocolate finish with the tannins coming on, cotton candy and cinnamon sweets.

Thoughts:

A barely legal Lark that has been put on HGH in the form of a 20 litre Port cask, and despite the odds delivered in a way that’s thoroughly Australian.  Somehow I don’t think this is just beginner’s luck for Alex, the evolution of Lark’s distillation is also rather evident in this whisky.  Keep up the good work guys.

-Nicholas