New Zealand craft spirits distiller Thomson Whisky has won three gold medals at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. The hat trick includes a win for the local whisky maker’s newly released South Island Peat Whisky, made from 100 percent New Zealand grown malted barley and smoked with peat from the South Island of New Zealand. Gaining recognition globally as a distillery to watch, Thomson Whisky lined up alongside more than 1,700 entries this year, the largest competition in the event’s 16 year history.

The other winning whiskies included Thomson Whisky’s unique and handmade Manuka smoked whisky, and the blended Two Tone Release.

In a highly competitive category that is fought by international whisky producers from around the world, the Kiwi is a relatively small producer in comparison, but the craftsmanship and the flavours from this New World distiller resonated with the judges.