Jim Murray, in his Whisky Bible, mentioned Limeburners as the distillery that has single-handedly placed Western Australia in the “great whisky-making regions of the world." A craft whisky producer, far away from the major markets of Europe and North America, Limeburners has become renowned for its full bodied spirits with rich and complex flavour profiles.Jim Murray, in his Whisky Bible, mentioned Limeburners as the distillery that has single-handedly placed Western Australia in the “great whisky-making regions of the world." A craft whisky producer, far away from the major markets of Europe and North America, Limeburners has become renowned for its full bodied spirits with rich and complex flavour profiles.
The flagship brand of the Great Southern Distilling Company, Limeburners was born after 16 years of painstaking research by the founder, owner and distiller, Cameron Syme. His passion for whisky turned into a successful reality in just two years of distilling for the first time.
Cameron Syme’s destiny was fuelled by his passion
The story begins when Syme was a young boy growing in the small town of Buntine in Western Australia. During his early years, he was inspired by a strange tale of how his relatives started a new distillery using the reward money that they received when they informed the authorities about their own illegal distillery.
Although, a lawyer by profession, Syme desired to open a distillery since childhood. To achieve his dream, he quit his job and travelled around the Scottish highlands exploring distilleries and single malts. Then Syme went to Tasmania and learnt the art of Australian whisky distilling from Bill Lark, the legendary “Grandfather” of whisky distilling in the down under.
It was on the Christmas Eve of 2004, when Syme distilled spirit for the first time. He had snuck out of his house at night to try his hand at distilling. In 2005, he registered the Great Southern Distilling Company and began commercial production thereafter. Syme released his first batch of Limeburners Single Malt in 2008. The whisky became so famous that it won a bronze medal in the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. Within a month, the entire batch was sold out, giving Syme the confidence to move forward.
Pursuit of excellence brought in international awards
Even at its inception, Syme was particular about the whisky’s quality and flavour. He sourced his ingredients locally and used traditional copper pot stills and time-honoured methods to distil his spirits. Syme and his team experimented with different types of ex-filled casks to bring out rich flavours in each of their whiskies. Their single malts have been aged in either sherry casks, American ex-bourbon filled oak barrels or port casks. Being a family-run small operation, Syme controls every batch, including their bottling by hand.
Syme’s single-minded dedication toward producing superior whisky has brought him worldwide fame. His whiskies have won numerous international awards every year since 2008. In 2017, Limeburners Darkest Winter was recognized as the Best Whisky in the Southern Hemisphere by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, and the Best International Craft Whisky in the World and Best in Class by the American Distilling Institute. It also won a silver medal from the Australian Distilled Spirits Award. Adding to this, Limeburners Directors Cut M230, Limeburners Heavy Peat, Limeburners Single Malt Whisky Port Cask 61%, Limeburners Directors Cut M230 61% (Peated Port), Limeburners Single Malt Whisky Infinity Solara, Limeburners Single Malt Whisky Peated, Tiger Snake Australian Whisky, and Limeburners American Oak were the other winners in the same year.
Limeburners for every connoisseur
Limeburners offer a wide array of single malts for whisky lovers to choose from. As Syme produces each batch in a limited quantity, chances are that by the time you read this some of the recommendations may be sold out. But this should not deter anyone from checking out Limeburners’ line of premium whiskies. For instance, Limeburners Single Malt Whisky Sherry Cask is a light liquor with notes of spice, raisin, fruit, and hints of buttery caramel and honey. The flavours are intense and the finish is smooth.
The multiple awards winner Darkest Winter has a delicious, intense, smoky and peaty taste, married with floral and spicy aromas. The barley shines through when the whisky gets a splash of water, making its complex flavours stand out on the palate. While Darkest Winter was an American Oak aged tipple, Single Malt Whisky Port Cask 43% is matured in a similar bourbon cask and finished in a port cask, imparting it with warm spicy, vanilla, and honey flavours.
Syme’s Expansion Plans
With every batch sold out, Syme has realized that the world needs more whisky from the Great Southern Distilling Company. This has prompted him to expand his distilling operations to Margaret River. His distilleries are also open to visitors who want to tour the hand-made whisky production setup, dine on local food and taste the distillery’s assortment of liquors.