A Lark sherry cask release from Tasmanian independent bottler Heartwood, "The Toddler" was originally released in 2016.
A single sherry cask from Lark, this was the first in a series of releases from the same cask. The cask was filled April 2012 and The Toddler bottled June 2016 at cask strength 63.1%. 175 bottles in the release.
In Heartwood's words, "The Toddler will be followed by the "Adolescent" and the Adult. All from cask LD 765. LD 765 is a 300 litre sherry cask that has been filled with 100% peated Lark origin spirit. Why divide the barrel content into 3? Thank you for asking.
"We have 24 years of whisky heritage while Scotland and Ireland have 400 years. We are still learning about our conditions and the whiskies we can produce. The Toddler is 4 years of age to be followed by the Adolescent in another 3 years and the Adult in another 2 years. (The years are based on dog years)
"Our isolation also leads to innovation.
"Yes, the Toddler is young. Yes, it is immature. Yes, it has a bit of green grass and heat. Yes, we are going to share the experience with Heartwood supporters."
This comes from a private collection, only one to sell.
Heartwood - founded by Tim Duckett - is arguably Australia's most lauded independent bottler, having bottled a number of Tasmanian whiskies in the modern industry's formative years. Known for his unorthodox techniques of blending casks, beating his whisky with a paddle, rolling casks into the sun-exposed "hot box" of his warehouse - some Heartwoods are considered by whisky lovers to be amongst the best Australian whiskies ever released.
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