First Impression: Lark RR 09

[69.3%・3 Years 8 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

Sweet sugary cream and french vanilla, oomph of peat fire giving an ashy, herbal vibe with some gunpowder sulphur lurking in the background, sandstone and minerals also in the mix.

Palate & Finish:

Sticky orange flavoured chocolate and a brush of cupcake icing as more toffee thickness comes oozing out, bringing along a dose of Port drenched raisins.

A finishing that’s perhaps more well rounded than its peers, a subtle blend of earthiness, ground-up maltiness, woodiness and sugared ginger; rounded but yet still somewhat short of being satisfying.

Thoughts:

Perhaps the 009 was never destined to be released on its own, there’re some very attractive traits but also some flaws and it would perhaps best serve a bigger purpose.

Something for the guys at Lark to think about perhaps, and may be something for other Australian distillers to think about too..

-Nicholas