Lark Distilling Co. launches Rare Cask PARA100

Lark Distilling Co. launches Rare Cask PARA100

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Possibly The World’s first 100-year old cask finish

Tasmania’s Lark Distilling Co. has released the latest and highly anticipated single malt whisky in its Rare Cask Series, Rare Cask: PARA100.

Lark managed to acquire two finishing casks, which each held the final maturation stage of Seppeltsfield's 100-year old Para Vintage Tawny. These two casks have been used to finish Lark’s PARA100 single malt whisky, leaving behind exciting notes of Tawny’s past lives.

Part of its Centennial Collection, Seppeltsfield’s Para Vintage Tawny is believed to be the world’s only unbroken lineage of single vintage wines — every vintage all the way back to 1878. The 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny is the only Australian wine to have ever scored 100/100 by the renowned critic, James Halliday. Every vintage released since 1907 has been reviewed, and each was awarded a perfect score.

Before being introduced to the special Seppeltsfield Para Vintage Tawny casks for finishing, the spirit spent approximately five years in a combination of ex-Port, ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon casks. These were married together to create a rich single malt with some sweetness and depths, designed to pick up the complexity in the oak of the Para Vintage Tawny casks.

With only 450 bottles available, this exclusive single malt is rich and sticky on the nose, with hints of treacle pudding with brandied custard and wood-fired raisin bread. The unmistakable age of the oak that once held the 100-year-old Seppeltsfield Para Vintage Tawny creates delightful chapters of mouthwatering complexity that speak of both elegance and intrigue.

“The release of this long-anticipated single malt is a milestone for both us at Lark Distilling and the whisky industry as a whole. PARA100 is the world’s first-ever 100-year-old cask finish and the fact that there will be only 450 bottles available makes it even more special. The PARA Tawny casks were complex but very intense, so to avoid dominating the carefully-curated spirit we slowly finished the whisky in two casks over four batches — a very delicate balancing act that put our team to the test. The result is almost impossibly long and luxurious, perfect for those intimate fireside chats with friends that extend well into the early hours of the morning.” said Bill Lark.

Rare Cask Release

PARA 100 II

Rare Cask Release

PARA 100 II

Para 100 II Rare Cask Release

Para 100 II Rare Cask Release

The Rare Cask Series is a celebration of Tasmanian whisky both rich in character and heavy with history. It’s an endless pursuit of the abandoned exceptional — combing countries for casks both rare and remarkable. It’s an exploration of evolution — of new life blossoming within the old, in extraordinary,...

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The Rare Cask Series is a celebration of Tasmanian whisky both rich in character and heavy with history. It’s an endless pursuit of the abandoned exceptional — combing countries for casks both rare and remarkable. It’s an exploration of evolution — of new life blossoming within the old, in extraordinary, unmatchable ways. A pursuit for the extraordinary realised through unearthing some of the world’s most rare and storied casks. The resulting expressions are unique single malt celebrations of character, culture and the particular casks in which they are finished.

The Rare Cask Series Para 100 release is our single malt finished in casks that once held 100-year-old Seppeltsfield Para Vintage Tawny.

Your 700mL bottle is accompanied by a copper medallion meticulously handcrafted from a decommissioned Lark copper pot still, and a complimentary 100mL bottle enabling the collector to enjoy and savour now. 

Century old Seppeltsfield Tawny seasoned casks, the crowning glory to Lark’s iconic single malt whisky.

As Lark reaches it’s 30th year in innovative whisky-making, Lark and Seppeltsfield’s partnership has flourished through shared philosophies and ideals. To honour this 30-year milestone, Seppeltsfield have collaborated with Lark to create Para 100 II. Bestowing to Lark 100-year-old Para tawny casks, from their treasury of some of the oldest and rarest wine casks in Australia, to finish their iconic single malt whisky.

The sequel to Lark’s unprecedented Para 100 Rare Cask, edition II carries more peat influence than its predecessor, bringing balance to the sweet, and oak driven fortified finish.

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