Two unprecedented whiskies with an extraordinary heritage, these 19-year-old single malts were crafted during Bill Lark’s tenure as Head Distiller at a renowned Tasmanian distillery. For nearly two decades this precious spirit was nurtured, soaking up complexity and history under the careful watch of Bill before finding its permanent home in the Lark bond store.
Nineteen years later, the result is our inaugural Legacy release; two bottlings containing some of the rarest, oldest single malts ever to emerge from the House of Lark. A rich testament to the care and craftsmanship of Bill Lark that captures the spirit of his original pioneering vision, a Tasmanian legacy that will endure for years to come.
“My instructions were: ‘Bill, we’d like you to make the best whisky in the world…’”
Our Legacy HHF582B single malt has a rich and colourful history.
First filled into HH581 and HH582 in January of 2001, it spent the first 15 years of its life relatively undisturbed in these original French Oak casks. In 2016, these two casks caught the eye of our Head Distiller Chris Thomson, who realised their potential to become something even more incredible with a little helping hand. He started them on a finishing journey that has seen them married and matured into the exquisite whisky we share with you now.
Legacy HHF582B is an exciting example of the artistry illustrated at every stage of the whisky-making process; a single malt meticulously nurtured and perfected from start to finish.
An old attic filled with nostalgic memories of salted caramels, liquorice, peppermint ice-cream, and chica cherry cola.
Soft, buttery caramel—barely set and still warm—is followed by an intricate tapestry of dates, roasted apple, golden syrup, coffee eclairs, and Chinotto.
Dark chocolate, coffee, nougat, and nutmeg. An elegant and nuanced evening stroll down memory lane.
Our Legacy HHF585A single malt is a perfect example of the wonders of cask magic.
Filled into French Oak cask HH585 all the way back in 2001, it slowly soaked up complexities over time. For HH585, the relationship between whisky and wood was the perfect partnership — a beautiful balance of flavours that lasted 15 years, until the cask had no more to give.
Knowing he wanted to add further complexity to the whisky, our Head Distiller Chris Thomson moved HH585 to a 200L Bourbon cask, HHF585A. During the final four years of its maturation, this cask allowed some of the base notes in the spirit to soften and added fresh layers to the nose.
Legacy HHF585A is a celebration of not just pure Tasmanian ingredients and makers, but of the importance of cask selection and the magic oak can produce; a unique single malt that has been 19 years in the making.
The alluring aromas of Medjool dates, fig, green olive, and gingerbread dough are bolstered by sweet, earthy undertones, reminiscent of pipe tobacco and perfectly-seared steak.
An immersive experience that starts with a hit of rhum agricole and builds in complexity. Notes of green apple, cherry, and pink peppercorns shine through the rich backbone of fresh tobacco and muscatels.
The fresh tobacco makes itself at home, and drops subtle hints of coconut, cloves, and toasted walnut. There’s nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy its delightful and engaging company.
Join the wait list to be notified the minute the ballot is open! Once it starts, you’ll receive an email with a link to purchase your chosen bottle: either Cask One (HHF582B) or Cask Two (HHF585A). Once your transaction is accepted, you’ll receive a confirmation email and your funds will be held until the launch date on March 14th.
If your bid is successful your funds will be processed, and you’ll receive another confirmation email with the good news: you’ve secured a piece of Legacy! If you are unsuccessful your funds will be released, and you will be notified immediately. Please note that depending on your bank, this may take up to 3-5 business days to process.
Our inaugural Legacy release is two bottlings: Cask One (HHF582B), and Cask Two (HHF585A). Both are 19 years of age, distilled back in 2001 during Bill Lark’s tenure at a renowned Tasmanian distillery.
Cask One (HHF582B) is a marriage of two original casks, maturing separately for 17 years before being expertly married together and matured for the remaining two years. Cask Two (HHF585A) is a single cask, originally filled into French Oak before being finished in a Bourbon cask.
Cask One (HHF582B) and Cask Two (HHF585A) are among the oldest, rarest single malts ever released by the House of Lark. The Australian whisky industry is still very young — our founder Bill Lark kickstarted the craft spirits movement in 1992 when he founded Lark Distillery, and he has been instrumental in the success of Tasmanian whisky to date.
For an industry that’s just shy of its 29th birthday, these releases offer the rare opportunity to taste a Tasmanian single malt whisky nearly two decades in the making; whisky that was laid down during Bill Lark’s tenure as Head Distiller at a renowned neighbouring distillery, in a time when the industry was still in its infancy. A rich testament to the care and craftsmanship of Bill Lark that captures the spirit of his original pioneering vision, a Tasmanian legacy that will endure for years to come.
Both processes are works of art and careful craftsmanship, just in different ways.
Not all casks are created equal. In some cases, the casks chosen for a spirit match perfectly — the partnership between whisky and wood works as expected, sometimes only needing minor finishing touches.
Sometimes, through the careful monitoring of a spirit’s journey, a distiller decides the magic can be made even better with some light personal touches. If the spirit isn’t interacting with the wood in the best possible way, the very delicate (and difficult!) balancing act of marrying whiskies together is the way to create the perfect final dram.
At the end of the day, our distillers are passionate about creating the best possible product: a whisky that has a unique and interesting story, combined with a flavour profile that gives you a sensational experience. Whisky isn’t set-and-forget, but rather a back and forth journey between liquid and maker. The two bottlings in our inaugural Legacy release are each an exciting example of the artistry illustrated at every stage of the whisky-making process.
“I had to wait 19-years. But you can join our waitlist and wait just a few days.”
Are you of legal drinking age in your country of residence?
To experience this site you must be of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please enjoy Lark spirits responsibly in countries where the consumption of alcohol is lawful, for persons who are lawfully permitted to consume alcohol. By entering this site you agree to our Terms and Conditions. Find out more at www.drinkwise.org.au. Lark Distillery supports the Responsible Service of Alcohol. Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 it is an offence: For liquor to be delivered to a person under the age of 18 years. Penalty: fine not exceeding 20 penalty units. For a person under the age of 18 years to purchase liquor. Penalty: fine not exceeding 10 penalty units.Licenses 80886 (Distillery) 71110624 (Cellar Door)