A cask strength single malt whisky from Hobart's Lark distillery, released by Tasmania’s world renowned indie bottler and alchemist Heartwood. Bottled February 2017, it is the latest in the ‘We Are’ series of Lark-origin casks. This gets its name from the fact it has been crafted by two ‘related’ casks from the distillery. This comes from cask LD323 (filled June 2007) and LD407 (filled November 2007) making it a very old expression by Lark’s standards.
Initially matured in ex-bourbon casks from the Heaven Hill distillery, these were finished together for four months in a first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry cask. "We are TWISTED Cousins, the marriage of two related casks. Lark origin spirit. 9 years of age. Bourbon casks (Heaven Hill). Finish for 4 months in an Oloroso first fill. The same DNA. All Good."
Heartwood - We Are Twisted Cousins
Tasmanian Heartwood Malt Whisky Pty Ltd currently has 7,000+ litres of whisky stored in 200, 240 and 300 litre barrels.
The whiskies are maturing in a variety of barrel types that include bourbon and Australian tokay, muscat, port, sherry and rum. The barrels are filled with "new make" spirit from seven (7) different distilleries. We now have both peated and unpeated spirit. We have nine (9) spirit types.
The collection commenced in 1999 and continues today where we have control and input into every stage of the whisky's development.
We are there to determine the amount of peat used for production. We actively seek out the best new make spirit. We actively select the barrel. The barrels are filled and housed under our complete control. We are definitely there to sample the whisky as it matures.
If somethings isn't right, we will reshape it, we will blend it, we will re-barrel it and we may even belt it. Long live the brontosaurus.
We do not have commercial drivers. The quality of the whisky produced is the most important aspect of our endeavours. The whisky will be bottled when it is ready. If it is really, really, good, we might just keep it for ourselves (to be shared with friends).