Bill Lark Inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame

cropped-f1c522-494.jpgBill Lark has flown to London to be inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame, due to occur Thursday evening 19 March, London time. The Whisky Hall of Fame draws international commendation.

It’s a permanent tribute to those who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky.
Known internationally as “the Godfather of Australian whisky”, Bill Lark is only the seventh person outside of Scotland or Ireland to be inducted. The other six are American, positioning him as the first distiller in the southern hemisphere. The induction is highly regarded worldwide, particularly in the United Kingdom. Into its second decade of recognition, the 2015 awards take place at the Waldorf Hilton in Aldwych, London.

Bill Lark realised that everything you need for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peatbogs and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage ofscience, art and passion.

What sets Bill apart is his humble and generous philosophy. Willing to share his knowledge, Bill has assisted more than nine start-up distilleries in Tasmania aloneand has grown a hugely successful premium craft spirit industry in Australia. As Billsays, “a rising tide lifts all boats”.

“I thought people might think we were trying to teach the Scots how to suck eggs and they would think – what are you doing, you silly colonial? We make whisky, you make beer! But in fact it’s been exactly the opposite. We have had tremendous support from the single malt industry worldwide, and from consumers. They were always a little nervous at the start…but it really didn’t take long for the market to truly grab hold of the fact that Tasmania can produce stunning single malt whisky,” adds Lark.

Lark Distillery was the first licenced distillery in Tasmanian since 1839. It was established to produce Tasmanian malt whisky, rich in character with a big finish using the finest Tasmanian ingredients. Lark is very proudly a boutique distillery dedicated to maintaining its proven high-quality malt whisky and other unique Tasmanian spirits. Lark whisky is crafted in small batches and matured in small barrels, and 5-7 years later bottled by hand.

Today the Lark Distillery is one of Australia’s leading distilleries, producing high quality, premium single malt whisky using traditional time-honoured methods. The Distillery runs a 1,800 litre copper pot still along with a 500 litre spirit still.

This induction carries on from Sullivan’s Cove being handed the award of World’s Best Whisky for 2014. The accolade for Whisky Hall of Fame 2015 will be hosted by Radio 4 presenter Garry Richardson and is divided into three stages: Scotland, America and the ‘Rest of the World.’ It is drawn from distillers and blenders worldwide.

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Whisky MasterClass Tasting Night!

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William Grant & Sons Australia

An evening of sublime whisky

The fantastic people from Grants are coming to Tassie, and bringing with them 8 of their best whiskies for us to sample – a guided masterclass of the Grants range.

Whiskies will include Glenfiddich, Balvenie and a few other impressive drams…

Where: Warratah Hotel (272 Murray Street, Hobart)
When: Friday 17th April 2015
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: $55.00 per head

Light meal provided.

As usual this is a ticketed event – you MUST pre-purchase a ticket to attend.

TWAS EFT Details:

BSB: 087-007
Account: 12-522-5289
Account Name: Tasmanian Whisky Appreciation Society

Please put a Bank Reference of your name so that we can track payments

**** you must send an email to once done, with the names of the people attending. ****

We will send you a receipt/ticket once we have confirmed payment.

Get in early as seats are extremely limited!


Wizards of Whisky winners: Australasia



Bakery Hill Cask Strength, Australia




Bakery Hill Cask Strength
Lark Cask Strength
New Zealand Co 1993
Sullivan’s Cove cask 509




Bakery Hill Double cask
Lark Distiller’s Selection
New Zealand Co Double cask
Overeem Sherry 43%
Overeem Port 43%
Overeem Port CS
Sullivan’s Cove cask 330
Sullivan’s Cove cask 425
Sullivan’s Cove cask 429
Sullivan’s Cove cask 430
Thomson 18 Year Old




New Zealand 18 Year Old
New Zealand 21 Year Old

Bulleit Rye arrives in Australia

Praise for Bulleit Rye has gained momentum over the last 12 months, with a selection of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions giving it their seal of approval. A Double Gold Medal for both the liquid and its packaging were awarded at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while a Highly Recommended was also presented at New York’s prestigious Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2011. More recently, both Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye took home a Gold Medal at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

“America is cool again. The hipster movement was born in Brooklyn and mixologists are fuelling the resurgence of American whiskey by celebrating classic cocktails born in the prohibition era. The Australian launch of Bulleit Rye not only presents mixologists with something fresh for their backbars, but also a quality 90 proof whiskey direct from the US that proudly salutes its long-standing heritage. As American whiskey continues to gain momentum in Australia, we look forward to providing our customers with a new opportunity to capitalise from this growing and dynamic category.” says Nikki Burke, marketing manager – Whisk(e)y, Diageo Australia.

Bulleit Rye is available in 750ml bottles for RRP $69.99(90 proof, 45% ABV), and will be accessible to the trade from 1 October 2012.