Whisky Review: Lark RR 24

[64.5%・2 Years and 9 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

Quite mellow on the nose for a cask strength Lark.  The bourbon cask is at work here despite being quite a young whisky, syrupy and mahogany driven with Vienna almonds scattered atop the citrus but creamy back bone.  There is some smoke to it and in time more oak surfaces.

Palate & Finish:

Quite gooey to start off with, the citrus stands out with hint of chocolate as the secondary influence; however the cask influence doesn’t seem to fully integrate with the rawness of the peat along with the rustic characters of the spirit.  The sharpness of the citrus and the heaviness stemming from the spirit are perhaps a tad polarising..

A chewy finish with a fizzling orange-y note and a slight earthiness.

Thoughts:

Hmm, quite a bit of cask influence here for a young whisky, though it doesn’t seem to quite gel with the spirit..  may be a bigger cask and a longer maturation time would allow the two to integrate better..

-Nicholas