By Kevin Gray
on 8.1.11
Photo by Lark

Though most malt whiskeys emanate from Scotland, other countries including the U.S.A., Japan and even India produce some terrific drams. Established in 1992, Tasmania’s Lark Distillery makes one of those worldly whiskeys that’s impressed us with both its heritage and its single cask offerings.

Lark Tasmanian Whisky ($100-$150) is available in three expressions: 86 proof single malt, 92 proof Distiller’s Selection and the 116 proof Cask Strength. Naturally, we like the boozy one best. All Lark whiskeys are bottled from single casks, rather than blended first to achieve consistency. This means that different casks can produce whiskeys that vary slightly in flavor and character. The whiskeys are pretty young, as far as malt whiskey goes, but they’re aged in small casks, which – given the larger surface area to volume of liquid ratio – allows a much faster rate of maturation. So while Lark whiskeys may range from a youthful three to five years, they taste significantly older.

Speaking of taste, Lark has plenty of it. Dive into the Cask Strength to find aromas of malt, light peat and smoke, then take a sip to discover flavors ranging from sweet honey to peppery spice, all mingling with a pleasantly unexpected mashup of gingerbread and pears. Its long, lingering finish is dry and spicy with a hint of cloves. Well played, Tasmania.

While it’s still not widely available, Lark is now being distributed stateside in New York, San Francisco, LA, Miami and Chicago. Buy a bottle, or score a gift set comprised of different expressions and barrels.

Buy Now: $100-$150

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