Kangaroo Island Spirits (known as KIS) have taken out three Double Gold (among other awards) last week at International Spirits Competition, the SIP Awards in California. This triumph signifies a milestone for the owners, Sarah and Jon Lark as their Kangaroo Island gin distillery is now the highest awarded gin brand in the Australian gin market.
With awards for Kangaroo Island Spirits gins reaching double digit figures for this year alone, this international win is one of the highest accolades for Australia’s oldest dedicated gin distillery. The SIP Awards stand apart from other spirits tournaments as it is the only internationally recognised consumer judging spirits competition, where discerning consumers blindly judge each entry, unaffected by any industry bias.
Founders of KIS, Sarah and Jon Lark commented, “We are excited that our small distillery continues to lead the industry and are blown away by the accolades we have received for our gins. We put it down to a passionate, team that work together to create Gins inspired by our island paradise. We will be raising our glasses to Granny Smith, who inspired our love for gin, but sadly passed away just shy of her 100th birthday last year”.
Out of the 977 different brands across 93 categories, KIS secured double gold for three of their gins, gold and silver awards and an innovation award. All KIS gins that were entered also attained the consumer’s choice award, an honour reserved to products that place bronze or better for two consecutive years.
Sarah and Jon Lark owe their notable success on both a national and international scale to keeping their production quantities small, which ensures optimum quality. The distillery uses traditional methods in their production where all ingredients are distilled in a single run as opposed to the simpler blended process so often seen today.