By James Atkinson

Lark Distillery has today settled its acquisition of Old Hobart Distillery and the acclaimed Overeem single malt whisky brand.

Under the deal announced this week, both companies will remain as separate brands and entities, with Old Hobart Distillery/Overeem's new legal entity becoming Overeem Whisky Pty Ltd (trading as Old Hobart Distillery), a wholly owned subsidiary of Lark Distillery Pty Ltd.

After 21 years of hard work and dedication to the whisky industry, Bill and Lyn Lark have announced they will gradually step away from their business over the coming years. 

In July 2013 the Larks sold a large part of their business to a syndicate of investors, most of whom are based in Hobart. 

Lyn Lark has taken on a non-executive role on the board, and Bill will reduce his time to around two days per week, acting as the Lark global brand ambassador.

After seven years, Casey Overeem, proprietor of Old Hobart Distillery/Overeem Whisky, is 'hanging up his boots' and heading into the world of semi-retirement. 

L-R: Casey Overeem and Bill Lark

Going forward, Casey's role within the company will be in the quality control area and he will also act as an ambassador for the Overeem brand when required.

After two years of marketing and sales for Overeem Whisky, Jane Overeem will continue full time work within the company as marketing manager for both brands, as well as brand ambassador for Overeem. 

Courtney McCabe (Lark) has moved into a marketing assistant and sales role and will be the contact for future Overeem Whisky orders. 

Troy Trewin is chief executive officer for both Lark Distillery and Overeem Whisky.

Lark and Overeem Whisky will continue to be produced separately, and branding will remain the same. 

"The joining of these two iconic whisky businesses will ensure strong future growth in the industry with many exciting ventures ahead," the distilleries said in a statement.

The Shout Team

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