Lark Distilling Co. impressed global judges in London, receiving a top Master Medal award, alongside a sweep of multiple Gold and Silver accolades at the annual World Whisky Masters, which recognise and reward the finest whisky brands in the world, supporting their commitment to crafting quality and truly unique experiences.
Lark’s Chinotto Cask II Cask Strength, the world’s first Whisky x Chinotto expression, won a Master Medal for its innovative approach. Judge Matt Chambers, spirits writer and co-founder of the Whisky for Everyone blog, commended that Lark's marriage of flavours in Chinotto, with a stronger ABV provides a great balance and gives consumers a new style of approachable whisky.
Commenting on the wins, Head Distiller, Chris Thomson, said “We are so proud of the quality of the product that we craft here in Tasmania and are honoured to be recognised by the global spirits industry. It is an incredible achievement for our distillery at the bottom of the world to step onto the global stage and bring home a Master Medal, seven golds and two silvers. The awards are testament to the hard work of the entire team, and our continued pursuit of the exceptional. 30 years on we are only just getting started.
“Imagination and experimentation have always played a role in pioneering the best whisky in Australia. Chinotto Cask Release is a testament to this and Lark's continued dedication to creating the world's most innovative whisky.” Thomson said.
Strong holding the competition, a whopping seven Gold medals were dished out to Tasmania’s Lark Distilling, who won the most Gold medals out of the 20 given during the Whiskies of Australasia round. It was noted that Lark’s Classic Cask was admired by judges for its “umami salty caramel nose, well-balanced palate and rounded finish” while Lark’s Evolve Whisky Bar Series was recognised for its nose of “golden syrup, oak and earthy spice”.
Chambers said of the Australasia round that “the stronger-ABV versions were very well integrated with the flavour profile and provided great balance. It’s good to see producers thinking outside the box to give a new style of approachable product for the consumer.”
Chaired by leading international spirits trade publication, The Spirits Business and a panel of leading spirits specialists, judging is run as a blind tasting with excellence recognised by category through Silver, Gold and the top category - Masters medals.
In this year's competition, only 12 whiskies won a coveted Master award. The results underscore several significant new trends, including the rise of Australian whisky producers to world-class status.
See here for the full list of Lark Distillery results from the World Whisky Masters Awards 2022, available to purchase by clicking the links below.
Chinotto Cask II Cask Strength - Master
Classic Cask - Gold
PARA 1992 - Gold
Symphony No. 1 - Gold
Dark Lark 2022 - Gold
Evolve Whisky Bar Series - Gold
PARA 100 II Rare Cask - Gold
Classic Cask Double Tawny - Gold
Origins - Silver
Chinotto Cask II – Silver