Great Southern Distillery (Western Australia) Tasting Notes

Posted: June 22, 2015 in Australia, World Whiskies & Spirits

Limeburners Single Cask Peated 48%

Bourbon Cask M59 (2 years old)

Nose: Broad, aromatic and juicy with a bright barley character. Hints of earth, manure, peat, tobacco, hops and herbal rye-like notes appear. Late touch of vanilla oak.

Palate: Full and barley’d but quite herbal. The oak is a little more dominant and the toffee takes the edge off the spirit but the alcohol counters. Lovely body.

Finish: Long and mouth-watering with a touch of honey joining the barley and lingering herbal notes.

Conclusion: A lovely, vibrant malt.

Limeburners Single Cask 61%

American Oak Sherry Cask M97 (3 years old)

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Visceral, earthy and spicy. Quite youthful with a herbal rye-like character and touch of burnt toast. Impressive intensity but a bit too much ‘off the still’ character. Water emphasises the sherry.

Palate: Relatively soft but quite spicy with plenty of earthy, herbal sherry and hints of immature spirit. Water makes it simpler and oilier.

Finish: Very alcoholic and very herbal. Once the alcohol passes there is a pleasant degree of sweetness.

Conclusion: Impressive intensity and impressively clean sherry but it could have done with more time in cask.

Limeburners Sherry Cask, Cask Strength 61%

Tasted: Apr 2016

Nose: Quite winey with toasted treacle and an almost PX-like grapiness. Intense and very herbal with malt biscuits, caramel, sour cheese, leather and stewed fruit. Water makes it a little bland.

Palate: Intense, alcoholic and coffee’d with plenty of drying wood notes, herbs and hints of malt biscuits and treacle. Water makes it rather bland and homogenous.

Finish: masked, mouth-watering, herbal and malty. Water softens and emphasises the malt and herbal notes, as if they needed emphasising!

Conclusion: Clearly well made whisky, but the cask is too dominant, as is often the case with Australian whiskies. Water doesn’t do it any favours either.





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