First Impression: Lark RR 13

[67.1%・2 Years and 9 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The top note is quite piercing.  A playful dose of bubblegum with a slight squeeze of lemon wedges.  The peat smoke makes a cameo as the vanillin is released. Palate & Finish: Quite a juicy mouthful, a generous injection of maple syrup as…

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First Impression: Lark RR 23

[66.1%・2 Years and 9 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Quite tight initially, a bit green with the new make still quite evident.  Typical American oak influence combined with the vanilla led by the bourbon cask.  Banana essence with a slight oomph of bonfire in time. Palate & Finish: Very orange-y and drizzled…

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First Impression: Lark RR 08

[68.9%・3 Years and 9 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The peat smoke is more prominent in this dram and the charred oak note is more obvious.  The wee strawberry jam character is subtle amidst the custard note with a hint of hand soap. Palate & Finish: A jammy affair, strawberry preserves and…

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First Impression: 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…

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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 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…

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First Impression: Lark RR 10

[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 05

[62.6%・3 Years 3 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask 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…

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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…

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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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