As far as Australian whisky goes, is there any distillery as prolific as Lark right now? They’ve been bang on with the releases lately, and that success doesn’t look to be slowing down any soon with the highly anticipated release of the Lark Muscat Cask Finish single malt.
It’s one of Lark’s highest achieving whiskies to date, given it scored 96 points (gold) at the International Wine & Spirits Comp. 2020, validating the tireless work of Lark’s head distillery Chris Thomson who kick started the Muscat Cask journey when he stumbled upon a treasured collection of fortified wine casks in the Barossa in 2019.
Amongst the old oak pork and sherry casks, Thomson was able to dig out an ex-muscat casks which he used as the perfect finisher for the syrupy single malt in question.
“It was an amazing honour for this whisky to be awarded Gold at IWSC and we’re expecting this release to sell out fast”, said Thomson. “We’re incredibly proud to be creating first-rate whisky like this here in our little distillery at the bottom of the world. I’m immensely proud of the quality of this product which comes down to the passion and dedication from our wonderful team at Lark”.
As with most of Lark’s special releases lately, the Muscat Cask is limited and will likely be gone quicker than you can finish off a dram.
Official tasting notes describe the whisky’s nose as defined by apples dipped in toffee, with clove-studded oranges in mulled wine and the unmistakable aroma of a peat fire. The palate starts with reflections of a Tassie summer with peaches, barley harvests, orange sorbet, and grape juice. The finish is built by grapes dipped in syrup and Lark’s usual rounded body of peat.
Bottled at 46%, the Lark Muscat Cask Finish single malt is available in 100ml ($79) and 500ml ($299) bottles. Only 347 bottles in total are being made available so if I was you I’d hurry on over to Lark and try fish out a bottle asap.