Tasmania’s first distillery wins Gold and Silver at International Whiskey and Spirits Competition
Tasmania’s Lark Distilling Co. has been nominated for one of the industry’s most illustrious awards, The International Whiskey and Spirits Competition Worldwide Whiskey Producer of the Year.
Narrowed down from a long list of 20 international nominees, Lark Distillery has been listed as one of the top four nominees to take out the global prize which will be announced on 18 November 2020 in London.
Tasmania’s first distillery took out a record number of accolades at the International Whiskey and Spirits Competition (IWSC) this year including two gold medals and its highest ever score (96 points) for Lark Muscat Cask Single Malt and 95 points for Sherry Matured Single Cask.
Silver medals were awarded to Lark Cask Strength 58%, Single Malt Whisky (93 points), Lark Classic Cask 43%, and Lark’s most recent blended malt whisky SYMPHONY No.1 (90 points).
Lark’s thriving gin distillery Forty Spotted was awarded a silver medal at the International Whiskey and Spirits Competition for its Forty Spotted Classic Gin (91 points) as well as a bronze medal for its Forty Spotted Citrus Gin (89 points).
The IWSC judging panel of experts assembled from over 30 countries and they carefully blind-taste hundreds of spirits individually and thoroughly discuss these findings with their fellow panellists. All spirits scoring 90 and above are then re-tasted by the Judging Committee for their final confirmation and to ensure consistency.
Lark Distilling Co. Managing Director Geoff Bainbridge: “It is an incredible achievement for a little distillery at the bottom of the world to step onto the global stage and bring home two golds, five silvers and the coveted nomination for Worldwide Whisky Producer of the Year.
We are immensely proud of the quality of the product we produce here in Tasmania and are honoured to be recognised by the global industry and the International Whiskey and Spirits Competition in 2020.”
Adds Lark Distilling Co. founder and global ambassador Bill Lark: “ What an amazing and humbling honour to be nominated as one of the top four whisky distilleries in the world.
This means a tremendous amount to myself and Lyn as we started Lark Distillery with only a dream to see if we could make a world-class whisky here in Tasmania.
To win this award would be a salute to the world wide families of distilleries who have inspired us and helped us from day one, and it is also well-deserved recognition of the passion and dedication to our dream by the wonderful team at Lark Distillery over the last 28 years. “
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