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Lark Legacy 20-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky

Founded by Bill Lark in 1992, Lark Distilling Co.—aka The House of LARK—helped launch a thriving Tasmanian Distillery and whisky brand globally. They continue to lead the charge through their rich and complex single malts, which have garnered major awards and a global reputation. Lark and his team will release their oldest and rarest whisky in honour of the distillery’s glorious heritage. Aged for 20 years, Legacy HHF587A was created by the founder and then masterfully finished by Head Distiller Chris Thomson. It’s limited to 322 bottles and offered at a lofty retail price of $2,499.99.

Lark Legacy HHF587A 20-Year Aged Single Malt Product Specs:

  • ABV: 65.8%
  • Age: 20 Years
  • Cask: HHF587A
  • Volume: Limited to 322 Bottles
  • Retail Price: $2,499.99
  • Release Date: 21 March 2022
  • Awards: Distiller of the Year at the 2021 Icons Of Whisky Australia Awards, Sustainable Distillery of the Year
  • Unique Feature: Individually signed and numbered by Bill Lark
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Lark Legacy Tasting Notes:

  • Nose: The nose opens with a sweet and luscious bouquet of caramelised pear and vanilla custard, underpinned by notes of old leather, cinnamon, and sultanas.
  • Palate: Offers a rich texture, unfolding layers of cherry pie and maple syrup, evolving into candied orange and honeyed cola.
  • Finish: Closes with a complex interplay of oak and spice, leaving a lingering impression of dense malt and a whisper of black pepper.

The second release of its series, the new Legacy single malt, is nevertheless a true one-of-a-kind expression. As the name might suggest, it pays tribute to the legacy crafted by Bill Lark when he founded his namesake distillery 30 years ago, Tasmania’s first since 1832. It blazed a trail for numerous others to follow, not just locally, inspiring an ever-growing legion of ambitious whisky makers nationwide. Today’s Australian craft movement arguably wouldn’t exist (at least not in its current form) if not for the mighty House of LARK and its stunning portfolio, which consists of classic single malts and the iconic Forty Spotted Gin, amongst other things.

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We were lucky enough to try Legacy with an exclusive tasting with Bill Lark himself | Image: Man of Many

Those who purchase Lark Legacy HHF587A might be tempted to keep it sealed, but should they crack this baby open, they’ll uncover a bounty of sensory delights. This is the kind of craftsmanship only a distillery such as Lark can provide, and it opens on a sweet and luscious nose of caramelised pear and vanilla custard with underlayers of leather, cinnamon, and sultanas. The taste is rich in texture and wonderfully complex, coming in on waves of cherry pie and hints of maple syrup before revealing candied orange and honeyed cola. Oak and spice gain prominence at the long finish, which trails out on dense malt and subtle black pepper.

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“To be able to celebrate both the second Legacy release and 30 years of Lark is a huge achievement for the whole Lark team,” said Bill Lark. “It’s a phenomenal milestone, and we are very proud of the hard work and dedication put into producing such a quality release.”

Master Distiller Chris Thomson added, “This whisky recognises the 20 years of whisky making in Tasmania. For a whisky enthusiast like myself and those who have a passion for whisky, this Legacy series is a unique tribute to the history and significance of whisky-making for Lark and Australia. Hallmarks of sherry and citrus notes ping around the palate, while 20-year-old spirit rises off your tongue, creating something that feels and tastes very special.”

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Bill Lark, also known as the “Godfather of Tasmanian Whisky,” with Man of Many Editor in Chief, Nick Hall | Image: Man of Many

Short History about Lark Distilling Co.:

Founded in 1992 by Bill Lark, Lark Distilling Co., also known as The House of LARK, played a pivotal role in reviving Tasmania’s distillery scene, becoming the first to open in the state since 1832. Focusing on rich and complex single malts, Lark’s pioneering spirit earned the distillery international acclaim and ignited Tasmania’s craft whisky movement, inspiring a new generation of whisky makers across Australia. Today, Lark Distilling Co. continues to innovate, leaving an indelible mark on the global whisky landscape. Bill’s contributions to the industry were so profound that he became the only Australian inducted into the prestigious Whisky Hall of Fame, a testament to his significant impact and legacy in the whisky world.

Lark Legacy HHF587A is bottled at a cask strength of 65.8% ABV and is slated to arrive on 21 March 2022. Those interested in purchasing a bottle can join the distillery’s waitlist to receive exclusive updates. It’s the latest and greatest release from one of the 20 Best Tasmanian Whisky Distilleries. It has earned many significant accolades, including Distiller of the Year at the 2021 Icons Of Whisky Australia Awards. They also recently took home the honour for Sustainable Distillery of the Year, with a commitment to remaining 100% Carbon Neutral. And so the legacy—and Legacy—continues.

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Alternatives to Lark Legacy HHF587A

  1. Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask: Known for its exceptional quality, this Tasmanian single malt has also earned international accolades, offering a different yet equally compelling Tasmanian whisky experience.
  2. Hellyers Road 15 Year Old is another standout Tasmanian whisky. It offers rich character and complexity developed over 15 years of aging.
  3. Overeem Port Cask Matured: A unique Tasmanian whisky aged in port casks, providing a rich and fruity profile that whisky connoisseurs may appreciate as an alternative.
  4. Nant Bourbon Cask Matured: Offering a distinct profile with its bourbon cask maturation, this Tasmanian whisky presents a smooth and inviting alternative.
  5. The Balvenie 21-Year-Old PortWood: While not Australian, this Scotch whisky offers an aged complexity and port cask influence that could appeal to those interested in Lark Legacy HHF587A’s rich profile.
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