Friday, March 20, 2015

A Wee Dram

OK. The Tavern serves the finest bevvies.  You know that. Spirit for the Spirit. But what of the poor pagans down in Hillary's Village down below? 

I am happy to say that even sinners can get something fine for the body - if not the Soul - in this fair Island; indeed possibly the finest in the world.

The Water of Life.

Temporal, not eternal. 

Yes, Tasmania makes Whisky, and not just any old ersatz stuff, but the Finest there is.

A fine lass, Emma Hope, stopped by to let me sample her wares, and to tell me about Bill Lark.

THE Godfather of Australian whisky, Bill Lark, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the World Whisky Awards in London, becoming the first distiller in the southern hemisphere to receive the honour.
Lark is an Australian single malt whisky, proudly unique in character and style, crafted in small batches exclusively from pure Tasmanian ingredients, matured in small barrels, hand-bottled by whisky lovers in Tasmania for whisky lovers world-wide.
Lark Distillery was the first licensed distillery in Tasmania since 1839. It was established in 1992 to produce  Australian malt whisky, rich in character with a big finish using Tasmanian ingredients. Lark Distillery is very proudly a boutique Tasmanian owned distillery dedicated to maintaining its proven high quality malt whisky and other unique Tasmanian spirits. 
Bill Lark, master distiller
Tasmania Distillery, which produces Sullivan’s Cove Whisky – winners of The World’s Best Single Malt at last year’s awards – won the Icons of Whisky award for Craft Distiller of the Year.
And Sullivan’s Cove took out the Best Australian Single Malt award for the third year in a row.
The Tasmanian distillery’s French Oak was chosen as the best single malt to come out of Australia in 2015.
Last year, the whisky claimed the ultimate prize and was named the world’s best single malt.
Speaking from the awards ceremony in London, Sullivans Cove general manager Patrick Maguire said he was thrilled to pick up another win.
“It’s still quite unbelievable that we keep winning these incredible international awards and it just goes to show the quality of Sullivan’s Cove as a truly world-class single malt whisky,” he said.
The Whisky Hall of Fame is international commendation and a permanent tribute to those who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky.
Mr Lark is only the seventh person outside of Scotland or Ireland to be inducted.
Mr Lark said when he established the Tasmanian whisky industry in 1992 he realised that everything needed for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania — “rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peat bogs and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage of science, art and passion”.
Mr Lark was recognised for his humble and generous philosophy.
Willing to share his vast knowledge, Mr Lark has assisted more than nine start-up distilleries in Tasmania alone and has grown a hugely successful premium craft spirit industry in Australia.
He is often quoted as saying “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.”
Lark Distillery 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 five to seven years later bottled by hand.
Today, Lark Distillery is one of Australia’s leading distilleries, producing high-quality, premium single malt whisky using traditional time-honoured methods.
Tasmanian distiller, Patrick Maguire, owner of Sullivans Cove Whisky. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE
Wouldn't you just love to own a distillery? I reckon  I could count on perhaps four hundred hands the number of chaps I know who would.
Sullivans Cove has had a dramatic turn-around since going into liquidation in 2003.
A pun there !! 
“Knowing the impact winning world’s best whisky last year had on the industry, I’m sure these two gongs will really cement Tasmania’s place on the world whisky map,” owner Patrick Maguire said.
“The award last year was for our product but this year it’s for our industry.
“Tasmania winning these two awards is really an amazing thing, particularly when you’re up against hundreds of other distilleries from around the world, so for us to even be mentioned is a major achievement.”
Tasmania’s whisky industry is on the crest of a wave with many distilleries unable to keep up with demand.
There are currently 11 operating distilleries in Tasmania with four more to be established by the end of the year.

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

I can recommend a visit to the distillery. You can buy your own 'starter' barrel and special (quite large) !! bottles. Of course.  Mind you they will cost an arm and a leg even for a small amount. 

A fine way to get legless.

But, be in no doubt. It is wonderful for the mortal spirit but won't do much for the Immortal.

Drink up of both.



  1. All Whisky distilleries provide the 'Angels' Share' ;-) Hopefully it doesn't distract them from their heavenly duties...

    Maybe I should add a fine 'Lark' to my drinks cabinet for that long ago promise of a 'wee dram' of the fine nectar next time you fly past my place ;-)

    1. Well advised, Cherie. For the benefit of other customers' education the ""Angels' share""
      is the amount of alcohol which evaporates from the casks during maturation. This can be around 2% per year but much higher in hotter countries. We cater for Saints though. :)

  2. I'll toast to that!

    1. I will pour it and join you in that toast..

  3. Liquorworld is best place to Buy whisky online and Sullivans Cove whisky , you can buy whisky in Australia anytime and buy Rare Scotch Whisky with one call.

    1. Many thanks Mia. I am sure the surviving folk in the Village will get their Sullivans Cove in good quantity.


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