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KIS: It started with a sea-change


Jon and Sarah Lark set up Kangaroo Island Spirits on a hunch that the gin market was about to boom. Now they’re exporting tens of thousands of bottles a year and have just added a second still to help meet demand.

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“It was when my husband was having a gin and tonic with my granny for a bit of Dutch courage just before our wedding,” says Sarah Lark, explaining in an interview with Rooster Radio how the couple came up with the idea of establishing what is believed to be Australia’s first dedicated gin distillery.

After visiting Kangaroo Island on their honeymoon, they decided it was the ideal spot for the business. In the years since, the KIS cellar door has become a tourist destination and their gin has won numerous awards, most recently the Australian Distilled Spirits Award – but there have been challenges along the way.

In this podcast, the Larks share their story and plans for the future of Kangaroo Island Spirits, reveal the secrets of the distilling process, and offer their views on topics including the gin boom, export tax and SA’s small-bar revolution.

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