First Impression: Lark RR 03

[62.3%・3 Years and 3 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

Sultanas and cherries soaked in brown sugar syrup, juicy and bursting with energy; beneath the citrus contents lies a cleverly inserted hint of smoke akin to coal fire grilled vegetables.

Palate & Finish:

Massive.  Lychees, poached prunes, red cherries, raisins and chocolate topped with a generous serving of thick cream, it’s a feast of intoxicating fruits.  The wee peat influence allows for an almost Armagnac like quality to develop, quite fascinating actually.

Shortbread biscuits, burnt sugar, liquor soaked Seville oranges on the side, sprinkled with cinnamon, chilli powder and a few drops of orange essence for a extensive finish.

Thoughts:

The RR 003 has been aged in a 20 litre ex-Maker’s Mark cask, and the result is something I don’t think I have quite encountered before, calling it a fruit bomb doesn’t do it justice, this is quite something.

-Nicholas