Lark Distilling Co. releases PARA100, the world’s first 100-year-old cask finish


The official tasting notes describe a nose that is rich and sticky, with hints of treacle pudding, brandied custard and wood-fired raisin bread.

Tasmania’s acclaimed Tasmania’s Lark Distilling Co. has released ‘Rare Cask: PARA100’, the latest single malt whisky in their ongoing Rare Cask Series.

Aged in the same finishing barrels used in the maturation stage by South Australian winery Seppeltsfield for their 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny, the single malt is extremely limited, with only 450 700ml bottles available at $1,000 each.

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.

The “godfather of Australian whisky” and founder of Lark Distilling Co., Bill Lark, said: “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.”

With this purchase, customers will have the opportunity to own a part of Lark’s rich and exciting history with a copper medallion included, meticulously handcrafted from a decommissioned Lark copper pot still. For those who may want to keep their 700ml PARA100 unopened, a complimentary 100ml bottle is included so that customers can taste, enjoy or keep at leisure.

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