Lark Riviere du Nord XO
Lark // Tasmania, Australia
Making waves amongst even the international market with its whisky, Lark's Riviere du Nord XO brandy proves that Lark is not a one trick pony. Named in honor of the original naming of the Derwent River, a Tasmania river rising from the Tasmania central highlands, Riviere du Nord is copper pot-distilled before being aged for a minimum of 6 years in French oak quarter casks that previously housed Lark Whisky. This tasting was completed using cask B2, bottled in 2011.
Other BrandyBrandy distilled from any type of fruit-based wine produced anywhere in the world. Not referring to any of the designated or protected areas such as Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, etc.
Cask TypeFrench Oak ex-whisky
"The brandy is reminiscent of early morning bushland dew, with slight eucalyptus and bush wood aromas rising through softly. Notes of wood spice and licorice spill from the glass with the spices intensifying to a soft fudge. On the palate, the brandy turns fresh and spicy, and the fudge has turns to sugared sweetness hiding behind a curtain of soft fruits. If agitated, the wood builds to a crescendo before settling back down into a leather back smoking chair. The finish is long and every now and then the tongue will buzz as a new spices like cardamom, vanilla pods, cinnamon or saffron run across the top before settling down to rest. "