First Impression: Lark RR 024

[64.5%・2 Years and 9 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited 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…

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First Impression: Dark Valley Lark Raven’s Rest

[60.3%・779 Days Old・Bottled in 2016・Dark Valley Bottling・Single Cask Release of 32 Bottles] Nose: Heavily sherried but tilted towards the meaty side of things, it’s thick but perhaps a tad burdensome; black pepper, squid ink, gun powder and dark chocolate all in the mix.  There is a hint of earthy peat smoke with the oak gradually…

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First Impression: Lark RR 009

[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…

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First Impression: Lark RR 010

[68.6%・2 Years 11 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: How marvellous, marshmallow, crisp apples, honey and lemon.  The bourbon cask influence is sublime.  Sanded wood desk at a carpenter’s workshop. Palate & Finish: Vanilla leads the way and brings along generous dose of tropical fruits, syrup poached apples and milk chocolate.  Sandalwood with…

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First Impression: Lark RR 005

[62.6%・3 Years 3 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Cigar burning and oak staves getting charred, sugar crystals turning brown and bubbling.  Hint of cloves, the more lively notes of citrus fruits have been suppressed, quite green still with note of corn syrup. Palate & Finish: Vanilla and green apples setting quite a delightful…

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First Impression: Lark RR 003

[62.3%・3 Years and 3 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited 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…

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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…

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First Impression: Lark RR 004

[62.3%・3 Years 3 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Slightly dusty, with an unexpected ashy oomph of smoke that brings about a thickness to the scheme of things.  An interesting mush of brown sugar, liquorice, a wee ginger flower note, roast meat perhaps, and certainly oak. Palate & Finish: Sweet Yakult and white sugar, the peat smoke that…

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First Impression: Lark RR 015

[69.3%・4 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited 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…

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First Impression: Lark RR 007

[65.00%・3 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Thick molasses carrying the musky tone, fermented black tea really getting that pungent aroma across.  Herbal orientated with a sprinkle of minerals, Japanese black sugar with maple syrup glazed walnuts. Palate & Finish: Thoroughly indulgent at first with the Port sweetness coming on in an exhilarating manner; the…

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