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Lark Distillery LD95 Cask Strength

Complex and excellently balanced

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@jdcookReview by @jdcook

7th Dec 2009


Lark Distillery LD95 Cask Strength
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Went down to the Lark last night for another session, tried four different Lark expressions. The final one was the LD95 Cask Strength - bottled at 58%.

The nose is smooth, sweet and rich. Hints of caramel, oak and malt with a gentle suggestion of spice. With some water it expands and thickens, adding orange, cherries and pears like a good slightly spiced christmas cake. Really complex - I could keep sniffing this for a long time.

The taste is gorgeous. Honey, caramel, oak, orange, light spice (like a subtle pepper sauce on steak), and a hint of salt. Truly a wonderful rich and thick dram.

The finish is long and hot, with light spices fading to honey and oak notes.

This was my favourite of the four I tried. A fantastic malt. It's only a hair short of 9.5 stars (the highest rating I've given for any dram.

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jdcook commented

Well worth checking out. Bill Lark is becoming known as the 'Grandfather' of the Australian Whisky industry, and I heard a rumour he was invited over to Scotland to help set up a small boutique style distillery over there.

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