A few days ago I visited Lark Distillery Whisky Bar located in the distillery's home town Hobart, Tasmania..
Generally in Australia single malt whisky culure is not particularly widespreaded, in some sense in terms of the availability of whisky it is similar to Poland. Most bars or hotels offer ubiquitous Glenfiddich 12 yo and Johnny Walker Black Label. Bottle Shops offer a number of Scottish malts, including Laphroaig, Lagavulin or Talisker. However, Australia is a wine country in all its forms. Actually wine here is in abundance.
I liked Lark Distillery Whisky Bar right from the entrance. Simple decor, interior divided into two sections, one with a bar, barrels and tables, the other with red leather armchairs and a sofa, which bore a little signs of wear, which gave the place a free and non-binding climate. Next there was an old, small in comparison to Scotish, still, used in the distillery seven years ago.
Official production of whisky in Australia does not have a long history, partly it caused its limited availability. Lark in the twentieth century, precisely in 1992, as one of the first granted a license to create this drink.
Lark Distillery Whisky Bar is offering The Whisky Tour, which I booked a few days earlier. Tour consisted of a comfortable sitting on the armchairs and sofa, and a guided tasting of the domestic products.
I had the opportunity to taste the new make spirit – freshly distilled alcohol, straight from the still with reduced alcohol content to about 55%, and whisky liqueur – Slainte, 37% ABV, very sweet – but liquers are not in my taste.
The stars were three key whisky expressions – bourbon cask, sherry cask and the port cask, each 46% ABV. Soon I will introduce a separate description of the bourbon cask and share my tasting experiences. However I must admit that I liked every expression of Lark Whisky.
Lark has a good predisposition to fine occuring in the world of whisky, especially since all types are natural color, un-chillfiltered and generally single cask. The only drawback is the high price.
If anyone will have the opportunity to try whisky from the distillery should not be disappointed. Also the bar is a good place to hang out and try the water of life, not only from Tasmania, but also from Scotland.