World Whiskies Awards

SCFOSullivans Cove was named best craft distillery outside the United Kingdom.

Sullivans Cove owner Patrick Maguire said the award, which came after the distillery won world’s best whisky last year, had cemented Tasmania’s reputation internationally.

“This has told me that the outside world and the giants of the whisky distilling industry have accepted what we’re doing and to me that’s a mind-blowing thing,” he said.

“I thought it would take many, many more years before we got to this level.”


Best Single Malt – Kavalan Whisky (Taiwan) Solist Vinho Barrique

Best Flavoured Whisky – Master of Malt 40yo Speyside Whisky Liqueur

Best Grain Whisky – Darkness North British 18yo Oloroso Cask Finish

Best Pot Still Whisky – Redbreast Pot Still 15yo

Best American Whisky – Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whisky

Best Scotch Blended Malt – Wemyss Malts’ Velvet Fig

Best Blended Malt – Nika Whisky Taketsuru Pure Malt 17yo

Best African Blended – Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish

Best European Blended – Black Mountain Whisky Selection BM no1

Best Irish Blend – Tullamore D.E.W Phoenix

Best Japanese Blend – Suntory Hibiki 12yo

Best Blend – That Boutiquey Whisky Company Blended Whisky #1 Batch 1

Best African Single Malt – Three Ships Single Malt 10yo

Best American Single Malt – Balcones Distilling Texas Single Malt

Best Irish Single Malt – Teeling Whisky Single Malt

Best Australian Single Malt – Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask Matured

Best European Single Malt – Mackmyra Whisky Iskristall

Best Japanese Single Malt – Suntory Yamazaki 18yo

Best Lowland Single Malt – Highland Harvest Single Malt Sauternes Wood

Best Highland Single Malt – The Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18yo

Best Campbelltown Single Malt – Longrow 11yo

Best Spreyside Single Malt – BenRiach 16yo

Best Islands Single Malt – Ledaig 10yo

Best Islay Single Malt – Ardbeg Kildalton

Heartwood wins 2015 Independent Bottler of the Year!

News just announced… – aHeartwood Malt Whisky huge congratulations to Tim Duckett & Heartwood!!!


This is the first time that the independent award has gone outside the United Kingdom, but it goes to a company that has been ritually kicking butt for a couple of years now, and which demands your attention.
Heartwood is the company owned by maverick Tim Duckett, who epitomises everything good about New World whisky in general and Australian whisky in particular.

Heartwood bottles casks bought from Lark, and each one is marked out by three specific factors: the irreverent names that Tim gives them, their hyper cask strengths – high 60s and into the 70s – and most of all, masses and masses of flavour.

Drinking Heartwood is the whisky equivalent to a net session with Aussie paceman Mitchell Johnson when he’s got a toothache. These whiskies – with names such as Convict Redemption, Convict Resurrection and Vat Out Of Hell – are big, bold, unsubtle, complex, confusing and unforgettable. If the likes of Lark and Sullivan’s Cove are AC/DC, Heartwood is Rose Tattoo and The Angels jamming with the volume on 11: snarling, in your face, and dripping in passion, intensity and intent.

You either love them or hate them – whisky’s equivalent of vegemite sandwiches – but they are leading an Australian journey in to new and unchartered waters – and they sum up perfectly what The Wizards of Whisky are all about.
Heartwood picked up two gold medals for The Beagle and Convict Redemption. Tim tells me his next release is ‘an absolute cracker’ bottled at 72% ABV. The Wizards can’t wait….

Hear Tim Duckett’s response to the Wizards Award in the net issue of World Whisky review, out in two weeks.”

Article by Dominic Roskrow of:


Old Hobart Distillery & Lark Distillery Join Forces

LR1Old Hobart Distillery & Lark Distillery Join Forces

As of Friday 17 January 2014 Lark Distillery Pty Ltd will acquire Old Hobart Distillery and the Overeem brand. Both companies will remain as separate brands and entities, with Old Hobart Distillery/Overeem’s new legal entity becoming Overeem Whisky Pty Ltd (trading as Old Hobart Distillery). Overeem is becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Lark Distillery Pty Ltd.

After 21 years of hard work and dedication to the whisky industry, Bill & Lyn Lark have stepped away from their business – Lyn from 1 January and Bill slowly over the coming years. In July 2013 they sold a large part of their business to a syndicate of investors, most of whom are based in Hobart. Lyn has taken on a non-executive role on the Board, and Bill will reduce his time to around 2 days per week, acting as the Lark Global Brand Ambassador.

After 7 years, Casey Overeem, proprietor of Old Hobart Distillery/Overeem Whisky, is ‘hanging up his boots’ and heading into the world of semi-retirement. Going forward, Casey’s role within the company will be in the quality control area and he will also act as an ambassador for the Overeem brand when required.

After 2 years of Marketing and Sales for Overeem Whisky, Jane Overeem will continue full time work within the company as Marketing Manager for both brands, as well as Brand Ambassador for Overeem. Courtney McCabe (Lark) has moved into a Marketing Assistant and Sales role and will be the contact for future Overeem Whisky orders. Troy Trewin is Chief Executive Officer for both Lark Distillery Pty Ltd and Overeem Whisky Pty Ltd.

Lark and Overeem Whisky will continue to be produced separately, and branding will remain the same. The joining of these two iconic whisky businesses will ensure strong future growth in the industry with many exciting ventures ahead.

Lark Distillery Pty Ltd
Chief Executive Officer
Troy Trewin