Type: Single malt whisky
Origin: Western Australia, Australia 🇦🇺
Limeburners Peated is Western Australian single malt whisky made and bottled at Albany’s Great Southern Distilling Company. The peat they use for this malt is sourced from a nearby forest in Western Australia that is home to some of the largest trees on earth and fittingly called the “Valley of the Giants”. The peaty malt is then aged in ex-bourbon American oak casks for an unspecified period of time, before the whisky is bottled at 48% alcohol by volume.
On the nose there is soft peat mixed with sliced green apples, peaches, nectarines and cucumber, with faint nuances of wood vanilla in the foreground. In the mouth dense peat smoke rolls over an array of spices, orange peel, green apples and dark chocolate (sometimes I taste passion fruit and peppery papaya, too). The spices are warming, but caramel from the wood makes it taste like candied ginger. The finish is drying and buttery, with lingering apple and orange peel, smoke, caramel and wood which taste of tea leaves, cocoa and vanilla.
Great Southern Distilling Company’s Limeburners Peated is an absolutely delicious and drinkable smoky delight! Ex-bourbon American oak casks give the whisky mouth-watering caramel, vanilla and spice, but I can’t help but fantasize that maybe one day the distillery might mature or finish some of its sublime malt in ex-wine or fortified wine casks from Western Australia’s Margaret River.