Lark Distilling Co Releases single malt whisky Christmas Cask II
Tasmania’s Lark Distilling Co. is celebrating the festive season with the release of its seasonal single malt whisky, Christmas Cask II. For the second year in a row, the distillery has partnered with renowned Tasmanian patisserie, Jean-Pascal Patisserie, to produce a festive whisky reminiscent of liquid plum pudding. We were privileged to receive this whisky as well as matching fruit pies.
Patisserie founder, French pastry chef Jean-Pascal, hand-selects Tasmanian red wine casks to fill with fruit jus, used for making their Christmas fruit mince pies. These fresh, festive casks are then emptied and transported to Lark to be filled with seasonal single malt spirit.
“This year we chose single malt from Old Hobart Distillery. The spirit has really bright, refined floral notes that match perfectly with the rich spice from the casks. We call it ‘Christmas in a glass’ — the perfect accompaniment to a festive feast.” says Head Distiller and Blender Chris Thomson.
Notes of custard-covered plum pudding are on the nose, filled with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. Citrus, spice and mulled wine warm the palate, blending into Tasmanian apples, cloves, cinnamon and a wisp of peat smoke. The finish will transport you to a Christmas family feast; with a satisfying dram in front of an open fire.
“Lark is a distillery that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to creating whisky. For the second year in a row, we’ve developed a drop that marries the flavours of our handmade Christmas fruit mince pies with the depth of the casks to create a drop that encompasses the festive spirit,” says Jean Pascal Lepretre, founder of Jean-Pascal Patisserie.
Limited stock, at 45% abv, Christmas Cask 2020 is available online at larkdistillery.com and Dan Murphy’s, with cellar door sales also available at the Lark Distillery whisky bar.