A traditional gin flavoured with native plants and distilled in the wilds of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island has taken out the Champion’s Trophy in the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards handed out by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria in Melbourne overnight.
‘Old Tom’ – crafted by Kangaroo Island Spirits at its Cygnet River distillery near Kingscote – boasts a distinctly Australian flavor enhanced by the inclusion of foliage from the coastal Daisy bush, native Juniper and locally grown Lemon Myrtle and Aniseed Myrtle leaves. Its makers then doff their hats to tradition by ageing the unique gin in French oak for a short time in the spirit of early London expressions.
The Champion Gin Trophy is a major accolade for Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS) owners Jon and Sarah Lark, who have been pursuing their dream of creating a uniquely Australian, world class gin seven days a week for just over a decade.
“As passionate Australian craft distillers and committed food and wine ambassadors for Brand Kangaroo Island, we are delighted to celebrate this win and our product’s success,” the Larks said.
“We like to think that Old Tom represents the unique attributes of the place it stems from and reflects the personalities of Kangaroo Islanders – wild, fun, sensitive, rural, ecological, old, new, caring, special, true to their history and roots and above all, great value!
“Visitors to Kangaroo Island can experience those characteristics first hand – and those who can’t visit can taste it every time they sip a glass of Old Tom because the flavours and freshness of Kangaroo Island live in every bottle.”
Supplies of Old Tom are limited and only available by phone on 08 8553 9211. Other Kangaroo Island Spirits products and further information is available by visiting www.kispirits.com.au