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Great Southern Distillery Limeburners Single Malt Australian Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 43%
Great Southern Distillery, the first of its kind in Western Australia is located in the picturesque coastal town of Albany. Great Southern's whisky is marketed as 'Limeburners', named after an area nearby the distillery where lime burning took place in convict times.The present distiller is Albany local, Ben Kagi who joined the company in 2005, putting to work a palate honed over many years as a winemaker and associate judge in wine shows. After initially looking after quality control (yes, Ben gets to spend his days tasting spirits), he's now the main distiller, instrumental in setting the standards for the award winning Limeburners Single Malt and Whisky Liqueur. We've been following this project for several years, long enough to see a house style developing, typified by brandy-like, fruit mince pie flavours and aromas. Two expressions are on offer - a cask strength which is generally bottled at 61% ABV and a more affordable, lower proof bottling. Both are worth seeking out.
Note: Due to the limited nature of batches barrel numbers will vary. Call us if you'd like to know which barrel numbers are presently on our shelves.Tasting note: [Port barrel sampled] Big malt and spice with cinnamon, ginger biscuit and sponge cake. Aeration adds delicate raisin, prune and cocoa-like notes. Full bodied / semi-sweet with good balance. Toffee apple? Tea biscuits to finish. Ends medium long and slightly flat.
90 points 43% Alc./Vol. [Sherry barrel sampled] Deep brassy gold. Generous bouquet includes hazelnut, raisin cake and vanilla / plus later hints of caramel fudge. Rich and well rounded fruit cake, spice and monte carlo biscuit flavours. Ends clean, medium long with hints of manuka honey in the aftertaste.
91 points 43% Alc./Vol.