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A training partner of mine is heading off to the navy for a half dozen years tomorrow, so we went own to the Lark and did a tasting of four Lark Distillery bottlings, as well as two other drams. This was the first one of the afternoon.
The LD157 was matured in french oak barrels. Initial smells reveal the nose to be moderately strong - full of malt, pears, sultanas, vanilla and cinnamon. Quite light smelling yet still rich.
The taste is mouth-watering, full of a gentle spicy cinnamon that evolves with notes of sweet vanilla and sultanas.
The finish is warm and smooth, but continues with the spicy cinnamon mixed with sultanas theme. Despite the warmth of the spices, there is no burn, and the lips are not left tingling like most other spicy malts I've had. That said, the finish is still long and luscious.
A great way to start off a tasting - a definitely above average malt worth trying. Not the best dram the Lark has ever produced, but a nice rich yet light summer dram - for those times when you don't want a big warm winter malt, but still want something a little luscious. Would be a great dessert whisky.