Lark Spirit of Tasmania Small Cask Aged Limited Release Single Malt Whisky No 1 of 33 - Historic

Lark Spirit of Tasmania Small Cask Aged Limited Release Single Malt Whisky No 1 of 33 - Historic

$2,500 AUD

43% ABV
500 ml

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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Distillery

Lark Distillery

Mention Tasmanian whisky and the name Lark immediately comes to mind. After all, the Lark family have been at it since 1992 and although ownership has changed and Bill Lark is no longer directly involved, the brand still carries tremendous weight in the world’s whisky halls. The fact is that many more people have heard of Lark than have sampled the whisky and as evidence of that there were for a spell no new expressions of Lark available.  And so whilst that was a tribute to Bill Lark and the team, it was also frustrating for the many Lark enthusiasts and the inevitable deprivation visited upon them by this distillery with no (mature) whisky!

As true friends of the original Lark and its followers, we hereby provide a unique selection of dearly departed Lark expressions whose scarcity is regulated by nothing more sophisticated than price. We also offer a number of independent bottlings of early Lark, most notably under the Heartwood label.