Hobart’s Lark Distillery has opened pre-orders for its latest limited batch single malt whisky dubbed The Wolf Release. Limited to 687 bottles, this upcoming whisky marks Lark Distillery’s second collaboration with Victorian craft brewery Wolf of the Willows, following the first limited release from late 2018.
Four Lark Distillery ex-whisky casks were hand selected and sent across the Bass Strait to Wolf of the Willows in Melbourne, where they were filled with Imperial Smoked Porter and left to age. After being decanted, they were sent back to Lark Distillery in Tasmania and filled with single malt whisky, maturing for seven weeks and picking up considerable influence from the craft beer.
Jonnie Edwards, a distiller at Lark Distillery, had a few words to say about the new whisky and consequently revealed why he has one of the best jobs in the world. “Once we had these casks filled, I tasted them every second day,” he said. “It’s amazing how quickly the beer integrates with the whisky. Being able to watch the spirit develop and change constantly is a rewarding testament to how special a collaboration like this really is.”
“We came into the Wolf 2.0 project with a lot more confidence after seeing how successful the first release had been.”
The new Wolf Release is said to pack a punch with a bold mouthfeel and significant smoked porter influence, with chocolate orange and stewed fruits on the nose and apple custard with buttered pastry on the palate. The finish is big and earthy, with chocolate shortbread, campfire smoke and dried fruits.
Limited to just 687 bottles at 54% abv, the Wolf Release will officially launch on July 24 with pre-sales available now online for $299 per bottle. If you find yourself in Hobart before that date, cellar door sales are available from Lark Distillery’s Cellar Door July 10.