Originally published by The West Australian
by Jenne Brammer
WA’s Great Southern Distilling Company has been crowned Australian Distiller of the Year, as part of a prestigious international competition that recognises the very best in the global whiskey business.
The Albany company was awarded the title at the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of World Whisky Awards, making it the second consecutive year the distillery has taken out a top spot in the competition.
The Icons of Whisky are the annual industry awards organised by UK-based magazine that recognise the very best in the global whisky business.
Across 16 categories, distillers, distilleries and retailers are nominated by their peers before the industry votes in the winners.
Founded by Cameron Syme in 2004, the Great Southern Distilling Company has collected many other accolades for producing some of the best whisky and gin in the world, using local grain, Albany water and peat from the Great Southern’s Valley of the Giants.
The distillery says it stays true to traditional methods and uses small batch pot-still distilling equipment at its base on the edge of Princess Royal Harbour in Albany, where its flagship brand Limeburners is based.
The company has grown to encompass three distilleries at Albany, Porongurup and Margaret River; where its Limeburners Single Malt whisky, Tiger Snake bourbon-style whiskey, and Giniversity Gin are produced respectively.