Down Albany way a small distillery is making world class whisky, along with plenty of other top notch drops. We have a char with Brent Clinch, the Marketing and Operations Manager at Great Southern Distilling Company, the outfit behind Limeburners.
What’s the Limeburners story?
In 2004 after 14 years of research, the Great Southern Distilling Company was founded and commenced commercial production in 2005. Located on the edge of Princess Royal Harbour, they take advantage of Albany’s pristine water, clean air, abundance of local produce and cool marine climate.
In May, 2008, their first flagship Limeburners Single Malt Whisky was released. Not only was this recorded as an historic event, the first single malt whisky ever distilled in Western Australia, but have also picked up numerous medals at the prestigious International Wine & Spirits Competition in London every year for the past seven years.
Now, with the distillery heading into its 10th year, production has more than doubled and demand is outstripping productivity. Under the Great Southern Distilling Company name they produce brandy, grappe, gin, vodka and fruit liqueurs, using locally sourced raw materials; barley from the south west coastal WA, grapes, karri honey, native botanicals and organic fruit to name a few.
If people make the trip down to Albany, what can they expect?
Visitors to the picturesque Albany are able to tour the distillery, witness the distillation process, sample the products and generally enjoy the location, premises and gardens. Education is a big part of the experience.
How should your beverages be best enjoyed?
Limeburners is for savouring, celebrating a special occasion, sharing with your whiskey loving friends or even collecting the rarer bottles.
Anything else you’d like to add?
We have another location opening soon – Margaret River Distilling Company in the first quarter of 2015.