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Great Southern Distillery Limeburners Cask M33

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@SquidgyAshReview by @SquidgyAsh

25th Jun 2012


Great Southern Distillery Limeburners Cask M33
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  • Brand: Great Southern Distillery
  • ABV: 43%

My wife and I were near the end of a series of Australian whisky tastings at The Grove in Margaret River.

It had been a stormy, windy, pouring down rain kinda weekend and this was our highlight.

We'd tasted Hellyers Road, Timboon, Sullivan's Cove, Lark and Bakery Hill. At the end we were trying different casks of Limeburners, the only single malt whisky distillery in Western Australia.

We'd paid to taste six out of seven whiskies and the tasting would go for an hour, at this stage we'd actually tasted eight whiskies and been tasting for almost two hours.

We'd try the M31 which was a bourbon barrel matured, brandy barrel finished whisky which I loved and purchased.

We'd tried the M80 which was matured in an American Oak Barrique and then finished in a 65 year old Australian Sherry Cask.

The last one we'd tried was the M66 which was finished in Riesling barrels and I loved and purchased.

We were now tasting the M33 which was the first Distiller's Edition of Limeburners and ran for something like $400 AUS a bottle.

So as I nose the bottle the first smells I get are the vanilla, apples and oak that I associate with Glenlivet, specifically the 12 yr old, but as my wife and I start to nose the glencairn we start getting more and more aromas.

Again the vanilla, oak and apples are present, but out comes cinnamon, sultanas, apple crumble, there's some spices in the nose, my wife thinks it's clove, could be, I've never had cloves. I get some red vine licorice which makes my wife do a double take and re nose the glencairn, then she gets it.

Complex nose, but yummy.

As I swirl the whisky around the glencairn we see some very long thick legs developing. They slowly clingy move down the glass.


We then decide to taste.

The initial hit is oaky and spicey, but not in a bad way. But then the apple crumble manifests itself.

I decide to add just two drops of water to see what develops.

This is when it get cool!

The initial flavors stay the same, but pear appears quietly in the background, sultanas and at the very very end of the finish I get cocoa.

The cocoa actually makes me jump in surprise and exclaim.


My wife tastes the glencairn again and informs me that it's either cocoa or it's cloves.

I have never tasted cloves that I'm aware of, but it tastes like cocoa chocolate to me.

The finish is fairly short, but there's bits and pieces of the fruits and cocoa along with some of the spice. It immediately warms my belly though.

Quite yummy!!

This is a lovely whisky, and the second to last whisky to be tasted in the Limeburner series that we did. However as lovely as this whisky is, and it really is, I just can't see myself spending $400 on a good, but not near perfect bottle of whisky, not on my wages.

Would I pay $200 for this bottle?

Sure, wouldn't even think twice on it.

But there are just too many other awesome whiskies out there for less then $400, too many other bottles I could pick up for $400.

The last bottle that we'll be tasting is going to be an awesome one!

The first ever peated Limeburners!!!


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