THERE ARE certain delicacies that have become synonymous with Australian Christmas: cold prawns with cocktail sauce; pavlova dripping with berry compote; celebratory bubbles and freshly carved ham on toast. But there’s another quintessentially Australian treat we are looking forward to gifting, mixing and celebrating with this time of year: our nation’s best (world-class, no less) single malt whisky, LARK Distilling Co.
Founded by whisky purists and pioneers Bill and Lyn Lark around their humble kitchen table, LARK was the first Tasmanian licensed whisky, and LARK Distilling Co. has been crafting world-class, multiple award-winning Tasmanian whisky for over three decades. Today, the leading luxury Australian whisky brand houses a range of spirits headlined by its Signature Collection; Classic Cask Single Malt Whisky 43%, Rebellion Chinotto Citrus Cask Single Malt Whisky 44%, and Tasmanian Peated Single Malt Whisky 46%.
Not only does the Tassie distillery have the national brag of being an Australian Whisky Awards heavyweight, having taken out ‘Distillery of the Year’, ‘Distiller of the Year’, ‘Single Malt of the Year’ (for DARK LARK), ‘Best Whisky Venue’ and ‘Personality of the Year’ (awarded to Mr Lark himself) just this year alone, but LARK was also named Australia’s first carbon-neutral distillery back in 2021.
So when it comes to gifting this Christmas, whether you’ve got a whisky connoisseur or a whisky-curious person in your life, this luxurious distillery has a drop to share, mix, gift and celebrate with for everyone.
For the connoisseur
Festive, exuberant and unique, this year’s LARK Christmas Cast promises to be something very special. This limited-release whisky is woven with notes of rich toffee and gingerbread, evoking the essence of the famous fruit mince pies from Jean Pascal—an award-winning patisserie in Hobart—and Frogmore Creek’s red wine barrels. Presented in a collector’s edition box, this luxurious drop has flavours of toffee, marzipan, and fresh gingerbread; topped with a festive aroma of caramelised orange, nutmeg, and dried fruits. If that doesn’t sound delicious enough, LARK has designed several recipes for entertaining with the Christmas Cask this season.
It’s worth noting that the 2022 Christmas Cask limited release was awarded gold at the World Whisky Masters, so for the enthusiast in your life, this special edition promises to be a winning gift.
The Christmas Cask Limited Release LARK The Christmas Cask 500ml, $250
Luxury for less than $100
We know that good things also come in small packages, so the LARK Christmas Cast limited release is available in a smaller 100ml pack that is paired with a LARK etched insignia Glencairn glass. With its honey-coloured hue and beautifully designed label—which doubles as a complimentary Christmas sleeve for you to sign and personalise yourself—this gorgeous navy blue box doubles as a keepsake anyone would be delighted to discover under the tree.
LARK Christmas Cask Single Malt Whisky 100ml & Glencairn Gift Set, $90
For the sensory seeker
Whether you’re gifting to a seasoned traveller, someone who has wide-reaching tastes or the type of person who loves to experience all the joys of life, LARK’s curated flight collections aren’t just trios of award-winning whiskies, but invitations to take a sensory journey. Plus, they come gifted alongside a LARK insignia Glencairn whisky glass to enjoy them with—and for under $200.
The Signature Collection Flight includes some of LARK’s best in show and makes a great gift for someone who may have not experienced the Tasmanian distillery’s best does before. It includes the lauded Classic Cask, Tasmanian Plated and Rebellion Single Malt Whiskies.
The new Christmas Whisky Flight is a festive curation of the newest whiskies, including the 2023 Christmas Cast, Classic cask and the special Chinotto-seasoned Rebellion single malt.
LARK Christmas Whisky Flight and Signature Collection Flight Gift Sets, 3 x 100ml; $160
For the connoisseur
It doesn’t get much more exceptional or rare than this: The LARK Tokay 100 Rare Cask Release. This one-of-a-kind single malt is aged in barrels that once contained Seppeltsfield’s blend of museum Tokay, a precious 100-year-old wine. Not only an ode to historic whisky-making techniques, with the innovative spirit of modernity, this unforgettable release is both complex and bold, with coffee, honeycomb and muscovado flavours. Consider this the ultimate drop for the whisky connoisseur in your life. Just divine.
For whisky lover who has it all
When it comes to money-can-buy gifts, there is truly nothing like an immersive luxury experience. Enter: the LARK Distillery Co. FUSE blending experience, which takes place at the whisky house’s Pontville Distillery. Situated around 40 minutes from Hobart and set amongst beautifully restored historical buildings, LARK’s home in Tasmania is the state’s only working whisky village and a magical place to visit.
This experience gives whisky lovers the chance to immerse themselves in Australia’s most innovative single malt whisky distillery, vis the guidance of a LARK specialist. Here, one can draw from a selection of LARK’s finest casks in its bond storage, to create a bespoke whisky blend that is entirely personal and unique. Guests will walk away with a 500ml bottle of their very own blend of LARK Cast Strength Whisky and a newfound knowledge of whisky notes, blending and the fine art of how the historic spirit is made.
LARK FUSE Blending Experience, $500 (by appointment only)