Quoting from a Brand Tasmania media release of 2 September 2015, two 20 L barrels of Lark whisky that have travelled 172,887km – equivalent to four times around the world – during 403 crossings of Bass Strait on the Spirit of Tasmania ferries were tasted on 26 August 2015 and delighted the godfather of Tasmanian whisky, Bill Lark. "This whisky has developed a richness in flavour," he told the media "because it’s been moving, not keeping still, it’s picked up on the delicious port characters inside the wood … and it’s got a delightful little back note of that salty maritime atmosphere."
A limited edition of 70 specially labeled bottles of the whisky were then sold on board the ferries. However, not all of them as - being present at this memorable occasion at the Lark Distillery - I was able to secure bottle No 1, which is shown here. However, the label states that it is No 1 of 33, and so presumably the second cask yielded 37 bottles, or is it just one of Lark’s little mysteries! The bottle is signed “William Lark” and bears Bill’s likeness.
Spirit of Tasmania has been very supportive of the Tasmanian whisky industry, not least by holding a whisky-tasting week on board the vessels where passengers were able to meet the distillers, talk to them about how their whisky is made and sample their products.
Not really for sale, hence the price, which, in fact, we think is a fair value given the scarcity of the Lark product and particularly of the very few special releases which the distillery, commendably, has produced over the years.
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