The Lark Distillery Para 100 II Rare Cask Release Single Malt Australian Whisky (700ml + 100ml)
First offered in 2021, and new for 2022, this is the second release in Lark's Rare Cask 100 series, finished in a 100-year-old barrel that once held Seppeltsfield Para Vintage Tawny Port - the only Australian wine to have ever scored a 100/100 from James Halliday, with every vintage released since 1907.
“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”, says Lark founder Bill Lark, who went on the describe the result as “...impossibly long and luxurious, perfect for those intimate fireside chats with friends that extend well into the early hours of the morning”.
Each of the 410 bottles of the PARA100 come with a copper medallion that has been handcrafted from a decommissioned Lark copper pot still, which was also the case with the Rare Casks Series’ first release. Like its predecessor, the PARA100 is complemented by a 100ml bottle of the same whisky, so collectors who still want to sip the rare malt at their leisure don’t actually need to open the 700ml bottle.
According to the distillery, edition II carries more peat influence, bringing balance to the sweet, and oak driven fortified finish. It also weighs in at a slightly higher ABV of 61%.