In order to promote a better exchange with wood, Bill Lark, owner of the eponymous distillery, chose to age his whiskeys in small barrels of 50 liters and 100 liters. 50% of barley (Franklin or Gardner) is lightly dried with peat from their own peat bog: Brown Marsh Bog. Finally, he recently gave his daughter, Christy, the role of master distiller.
Superb nose, hyper fruitiness and an exemplary balance. Nuts and caches, marzipan, oranges, red apples, wild berries, caramel and toffee, almost chocolatey, almond cakes. The palate is fruity and supported by strong spices, the contribution of the oak barrel is clearly visible without stealing the show. Beautiful amalgam of plums and dried fruit, fruit paste and wild fruits, topped with a toffee caramel and milk chocolate a little smoky. When the alcohol evaporated, buxom maple syrups burst forth. The sensation of alcohol is perceptible in the mouth but not to feel a burning effect but rather warming and comforting. The finish is caramelized and chocolatey with a fine line of smoke. Some flavors also remind me of virgin oak. A nice traffic jam that takes us off the beaten track. I would buy a bottle. Really nice stuff as they say.
In a few seconds, I understood why Lark has such a great reputation. A superb whiskey, complex and tasty, balanced in a masterful way. I like, I want a full bottle please! Nose: A succulent scent of exotic fruits, sweet vanilla and social tea biscuits. After a few minutes, I feel to discover a touch of grass. Taste: Succulent spices, beautiful dry wood, a subtle fruity note, vanilla and intense caramel for a second, then disappearing quickly. Finish: A superb length, spicy and marked with a discreet grassy touch.