Limeburners P.X Sherry Cask Review
Little bit of info on Limeburners (Great Southern Distilling Company) – www.distillery.com.au
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, the distillery takes advantage of Albany’s pristine water, clean air, abundance of local produce and cool marine climate.
In May 2008, the first flagship ‘Limeburners’ Single Malt Whisky was released. Not only was this recorded as an historic event because it was the first Single Malt Whisky ever distilled in Western Australia, but it also picked up a Bronze Medal at the prestigious International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. After selling out within the month, the distillery knew it was getting things right.
Now, with the distillery celebrating its 12th year, production has more than doubled and demand is outstripping productivity. Winning the Business of the Year at the 2013 Regional Small Business Awards was a huge success and in 2015 taking out the Telstra Western Australian Business Awards for the WA Regional Business category shows that the team is leading business in the region.
The whisky has proven itself time and again with such achievements as Australian’s Champion Whisky in 2015 and 2016 for its Heavily Peated Single Malt Whisky and being named Champion Australian Distiller at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards this year.
This double matured whisky was initially matured in American Oak casks for six years before a second 12 month maturation in PX sherry casks specially selected from family reserve stocks in old third generation Swan Valley wineries. The Swan Valley has long been famous for producing stellar fortified wines from old vine stock bought in by early European settlers and Limeburners were very quick to establish relationships with their distinguished viniferous neighbours that would grant access to increasingly rare fortified barrel stocks.
Bottle: 43% ABV – 700ml
Nose: Lots of Fruit, Floral, Nutty, honey
Palate: sweet, quite dry, chocolate, caramel, complex flavours, malted barley is present
Finish: Quite short, sweet, honeyed
Very smooth and easy to drink whisky i did find it quite dry through the palate so would be very interested to try the normal sherry cask finish also and compare the two side by side. I also found a drop of water did open it up a lot and give it more floral notes, vanilla and caramel.
Another great expression of Aussie whisky it just keeps getting better and better!! I will be doing a lot more reviews and blogging next week as I will be flying to Tasmania to do the whisky trail.