Great Southern Distilling Co nabs six awards at San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Melissa SheilAlbany Advertiser
Founder and head distiller of GSDC Cameron Symes with his latest batch of award winners.
Camera IconFounder and head distiller of GSDC Cameron Symes with his latest batch of award winners. Credit: David Biesse/Supplied.

Three offerings from a distillery on WA’s south coast have been served gold medals at the largest and oldest international spirits competition in the world.

Results announced on Tuesday reveal Limeburners, Giniversity and Tiger Snake won three gold medals, two silvers and one bronze at the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Limeburners Single Malt Darkest Winter M481 (valued at $371) and Limeburners Single Malt Directors Cut PM77 (yet to be priced) won gold in the whisky categories, while Giniversity was awarded gold for its Giniversity x Limeburners Whisky Cask Aged Gin (RRP $106) in the gin section.

The three gold medal winning spirits from Great Southern Distilling Co.
Camera IconThe three gold medal winning spirits from Limeburners and Giniversity. Credit: Supplied.

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Other awards included silver for Giniversity Southern Ocean Gin and Giniversity Suckfizzle Chardonnay Barrel Gin, with a bronze medal for the Tiger Snake Australian Whiskey 43 per cent.

Cameron Syme, founder and head distiller of both Limeburners Whisky and Giniversity Gin at Great Southern Distilling Company said he was very pleased with this year’s results.

“This year we entered six of our spirits into the competition and were awarded six medals on this international stage,” he said.

“We are super-proud to be showing the world how wonderful the produce from Albany is, and we hope Albany is proud of our team.

In our own quiet way, we’re letting the world see this is indeed an amazing place.

Founded in 2000, the SFWSC is the oldest and largest competition of its kind, with representatives claiming it “is a testament to (the distillers’) hard work and universally recognised indicator of exceptional quality and craftsmanship”.

Mr Syme is no stranger to awards. His spirits have won more than 220 accolades since 2008 under the Great Southern Distilling Company banner.

The Limeburners Single Malt Darkest Winter Whisky alone has won five awards, one being the southern hemisphere whisky of the year award from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2017.

Cameron Symes knows his way around a good glass of whiskey.
Camera IconCameron Symes knows his way around a good glass of whiskey. Credit: David Biesse/Supplied.

Mr Symes said the whisky was created to honour the annual winter solstice and showcased resources from the Great Southern in its flavours, including peat sourced from the Valley of the Giants in Walpole, and premium Great Southern barley.

The GSDC is now in its 20th year, with the original Albany flagship store now branching out to venues in Margaret River, the Porongurups and the Swan Valley.

Limeburners and Giniversity are available at local premium liquor stores, cellar doors in Margaret River, the Swan Valley and Albany, and at distillery.com.au

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