#TheRevolutionRelease | Volume 23
“I told everyone back home on Islay that I was moving to Tasmania to work in a whisky distillery. It was a half-baked plan at best but I took the first step and set off for Hobart with my worldly belongings in a backpack and a sense of determined optimism. I arrived on a wet and overcast November afternoon, vaguely wondering why I’d decided to move to the one part of Australia with weather similar to Scotland! Unperturbed, I set off to explore my new home and happened across Lark Distillery cellar door. I was delighted at this discovery not only because I was in need of a good dram by this point, but also because I’d heard a lot about Lark from whisky industry friends back in Scotland.
I ordered a tasting flight and began having a good chat with Sangmo who was talking me through the whiskies. After discovering I was from Islay, she introduced me to Craig Johnstone and Mark Nicholson (sporting a Laphroaig jumper!) who happened to be in the bar at the same time. It turned out that Craig had visited Islay many times and Mark had recently returned from a trip to Islay with Bill to visit distilleries. Within minutes we were sharing stories of mutual friends and acquaintances. It was an incredibly surreal experience. I went for a tour with Mark the next day and was blown away by the incredibly tiny scale of production compared to home, but also the fantastic craftsmanship and passion of the team producing and selling this beautiful Tassie single malt. I started working in the cellar door that week and haven’t looked back since. It felt like the planets really did align that day to enable my Tasmanian whisky dream to become a reality. After one afternoon in Hobart I was convinced I’d made the right decision and felt incredibly at home among a superb group of people on an island very different to mine, but sharing a passion for the Uisge Beatha that transcends the globe.
Since I’ve been in Hobart, at least five people I’ve met through the whisky industry here have been to visit Islay and its famous distilleries, and sent pictures of them with my friends and family. My parents have a shop in my local village of Port Ellen and are getting quite used to visits from my Tassie friends.”
— Kirsten Laurie, Lark Distillery
Photo: Kirsten’s father, Iain, in front of his village store on Islay with Bill.
Volume 23 of the Revolution Release will go on sale May 23rd, 2017.
Toffee, coffee, coconuts, brazil nuts, almonds, sultanas and marzipan drizzled in custard. Sweet, salty and nutty.
RR-23| 66.1% ABV | 500ml | $280.00