Australia’s best whiskies, distilleries and people were celebrated at the Australian Whisky Awards, which took place at Hickson House Distilling Co. in Sydney last night.

The event saw a number of people join the celebrations at Hickson House, with many more taking part through a live stream and virtual tasting of five whiskies.

Speaking at the event awards host and Founder of the Australian Whisky Appreciation Society (AWAS), Niko Devlin said: “This is the third year of these awards and the response each year is overwhelming, we’re now at a total of over 120,000 votes with close to 40,000 votes this year.

“It is clearly the only awards show of its kind in Australia, and it is Australia’s largest whisky democracy. These leaders of industry represent the pioneers and pillars of excellence in innovation, quality and enrichment of the Australian whisky experience.”

The night saw five award categories with a Gold, Silver and Copper winner in each category. In addition there was another inductee into the Australian Whisky Awards Hall of Fame.

The Australian Whisky Awards winners for 2022 are:

Whisky Personality of the Year

  • Gold – Bill Lark
  • Silver – Alexandra Dahlenburg
  • Copper – Dan Woolley

Whisky Venue of the Year

  • Gold – Archie Rose Bar
  • Silver – Lark Cellar Door
  • Copper – Whisky & Alement

Distiller/Producer of the Year

  • Gold – Chris Thomson (Lark)
  • Silver – Carlie Dyer (Starward)
  • Copper – Heather Tillott (Sullivans Cove)

Distillery of the Year

  • Gold – Lark Distillery
  • Silver – Archie Rose
  • Copper – Starward

Whisky of the Year

  • Gold – Lark, Dark Lark
  • Silver – Morris, Muscat Cask
  • Copper – Archie Rose, Red Gum Smoked Malt

Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Patrick Maguire

On behalf of The Shout, congratulations to all the 2022 Australian Awards Winners, and a huge congratulations to everyone helping to make Australia’s whisky industry as successful and innovative as it is, and long may it continue.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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