As the name denotes, the latest limited edition from Tassie icon Lark features single malt whisky aged first in ex-sherry casks, prior to finishing in selected Oloroso and PX Sherry Butts from Seppeltsfield in South Australia.
It’s the first of Lark’s considerable pipeline of limited releases to land on my desk, and I’m pleased to report it’s an absolute banger.
The nose is super inviting, with spicy oak, raisins, lanolin and sweet licorice. The palate is oily, viscous and subtly tannic, with a generous core of sticky date, brandy and golden syrup.
A few drops of water tempers a finish that is slightly bracing at first, but lingers long with vinous fruit and spice.
At $250 for 500ml it will give rise to the usual quibbles about pricing, but you can’t argue with the quality.
Limited to 2300 bottles, it’s a beautifully structured Aussie sherry bomb that is truly world class.