Lark Distilling Co. Rare Cask Para 92 Captures a 30-Year Legacy in a Bottle
The Godfather of Australian Whisky has spoken. And, when ‘The Don’ speaks lads; you know you gotta sit up and give him your full, undivided, attention. For he commands it! That means: glasses down (just for a moment), this week, award-winning Australian label Lark Distilling Co, unveiled its latest, and arguably greatest, single malt yet: Rare Cask Para 92. And, by all accounts; it is definitely worth going to the mattresses for.
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Whilst it comes as no surprise to Tasmanian locals that everyone is salivating over Lark’s new signature Rare, for the rest of us mainlanders, strap in and get ready to enjoy one of Australian whisky’s worst kept secrets because Lark doesn’t joke around when it comes to its vintage drop. This is one Tassie devil not to mess around with.
Firstly, it has been released as a special limited series – in partnership with esteemed SA winery Seppeltsfield (who said wine and whisky don’t match?) – to celebrate 30 years since Lark’s first distillation. Finished in rare Seppeltsfield Para Liqueur casks from 1992, Para 92 is rich, deep and incredibly complex, in keeping with the label’s storied legacy for excellence. Secondly, most importantly, it’s a very welcomed guest to your palate lads. Its ever-so-subtle hints of berry custard and scorched nuts blended with new leather and pipe tobacco ensure it’s easy on the eye, mouth, tongue, nose – you name it.
As you can imagine, anything this enchanting, and complex, comes in short supply (how could it not?) and so the Para 92 is a rarity for good cause and reason. With only 3,000 bottles available to consumers, this is a chapter in the Lark fairy-tale story not to miss out on. And the head scriptwriter himself – Bill Lark – concurs.
“The release of this special single malt is a celebration of Lark Distilling and the partnership with Seppeltsfield,” Lark said. “This is a release we want to be celebrated and enjoyed with a limited number of bottles released from today. The PARA Tawny casks were complex and offered a depth and character that have made this release so special. The result is long and sticky oak sweetness, perfect for those wanting to enjoy as we roll into Autumn.”
The one-off anniversary Para 92 500ml retails from $449.99 and includes a complimentary 100ml bottle of Seppeltsfield 1992 Para Liqueur with your purchase. Don’t bad, indeed. While you’re shopping, we suggest you acquaint yourself with some other of Tassie’s other finest single malt whiskies including the Classic Cask 43% and Cask Strength 58%. The joy doesn’t stop at whisky, either.
Lark also produces a handsome range of Forty Spotted Gins and many other handy spirits and liqueurs including the Quiet Cannon Rum and XO Brandy. So, what are you waiting for; take a trek to discover all the splendours of the Australian south today by visiting larkdistilling.com Be warned: you might just lose yourself forever. But, don’t fret, you won’t be the first (or last) to never leave the island state again.
Lark Distilling Co. PARA 92
Product Name: Lark Rare Cask PARA1992
RRP: 500ml RRP $499.99 (includes complimentary 100ml bottle of Seppeltsfield 1992 Para Liqueur)
Release Date: 21 February 2021
Colour: Dark amber
- Nose: Hints of Lapsang Souchong, with berry custard and scorched nuts, followed by new leather and pipe tobacco.
- Palate: Touches of smoke emerge, passing on to spicy blackcurrant crumble, heather honey and dark chocolate.
- Finish: Rich earthy peat and toasted barley remain, with a long and sticky oak sweetness from the PARA 1992 casks