Heartwood Release The Beast ex-Lark Cask Strength Tasmanian Malt Whisky - Historic

Heartwood Release The Beast ex-Lark Cask Strength Tasmanian Malt Whisky - Historic

$1,310 AUD

65.4% ABV

Matured in two port barrels and then married in an Australian Sherry cask. Only 259 bottles produced in total. Bottling took place on 20 August, 2012.

We can do no better than repeat Tim Duckett's narrative regarding this remarkable result: "It was initially matured in casks LD124 and LD214 (being 100 ltr port casks) and matured for three years – standard Lark treatment. It was subsequently married into Cask LD549 (being a 200ltr Australian Sherry cask) and matured for a further 4 years – Sherry Finish is a strange term when applied to this regime. Tortured – left outside, left next to a 'warm' wall, moved to top of the stacks. Seven years maturation is perhaps understating the true extent of the aging on this one".

Tasting notes 
Deep copper / gold ochre appearance. A penetrating peppery sniff prickles the nostrils gradually releasing notes of honey, almond flan, vanilla and traces of brown sugar but avoids being overly sweet. A faint suggestion of sulphur is subtle enough to be a complexing factor and rounds off a terrific bouquet. Entry is deceptively light and off dry, before an achingly intense, bitter-sweet attack hits the palate - spices explode in the mouth alongside hints of toffee apple and vanilla oak. Tingly, warming mouth feel. Good balance. The bitterness diminishes at the finish as hints of candied orange peel, dark chocolate and caramel emerge with excellent persistence. (Nicks Wine Merchants)

This product is located in Australia.



Heartwood is the creation of whisky connoisseur extraordinaire, Tim Duckett. He has been buying barrels of whisky from the various Tasmanian distillers for a considerable number of years and then bottling them, after careful tasting and nosing, to produce some wonderful expressions with highly imaginative names and lovely labels to match.

 Duckett is, in effect, the leading independent bottler of Tasmanian whiskies and, as such, deserves a very special place in the Tasmanian whisky story, not least because he has brought to the table an element of excitement and expectation, which might never have existed without him. His knowledge is more than matched by his enthusiasm, which gets wrapped up in a certain poetic flare as in the names of his whiskies and his highly imaginative descriptions of them.

 Who else other than Duckett would draw on Jurassic Park to describe his whiskies! Thus, the long necked and long-tailed brontosaurus beautifully depicts a whisky that starts off a bit thin but then quickly broadens out to a thick body and then gradually tails off to a rather long finish.

 Tim’s creativity does not end there because he also marries or blends different casks of whisky to produce something that is peculiar to his particular vision of what makes a good drop. There is a tradition of this in Scotland and the result used to be called a “vatted malt” but is now referred to as “blended malt”. Whilst there is always the suspicion that this process might be used to absorb a poor whisky by masking it through blending it with something better, in the Heartwood case the end results speak for themselves.

 To give full credit to, and due recognition of Tim Duckett’s efforts, we can do no better than provide here a modest inventory of some past examples of the Heartwood product range, none of which is, as far as we know, available on the open market.