Heartwood Shade of Night ex-Lark Cask Strength Tasmanian Malt Whisky - Historic

$795 AUD

66.6% ABV



From Lark Distillery, initially matured in a Sherry cask (LD 653).  Distilled in September 2010 and bottled in March 2018 with strong peat influence evident and at the Devil’s number – 66.6%. 280 bottles.

Well received by the critics with 96 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, a Gold Medal Winner at the 2019 The Wizards of Whisky World Whisky Awards in London and Australian Malt Whisky of the Year 2019 and the Australian Whisky of the Year 2019.

Tasting Notes:

Notes in Italics are with a couple of drops of water added

NOSE: burnt strawberry jam, milk chocolate, BBQ brisket, mint toothpaste, eucalyptus campfire, wood polish,
More berries and more smoke strangely enough, slight tar notes
PALATE: oaky, more milk chocolate, more jam, BBQ sauce,
Adds more dryness really and brings out the oak tannins
FINISH: long, drinking chocolate, oak again, burnt honeycomb, old leather, slight tannins,
Balances things a little bit and leaves more sweetness (WorldWhisky Review #41)


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.