Peat the secret to winning top drop

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After claiming the world’s best whisky title in the United States this year, Limeburners’ Heavily Peated Darkest Winter has been announced as Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible sectional winner.

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is a world-renowned whisky guide, which originated in London.

The prestigious guide selects and analyses more than 4600 whiskies from around the world each year. This win brings the Great Southern Distilling Company’s award haul for this year alone to 45.

Great Southern Distilling Company owner and director Cameron Syme said the secret to their success was the peat sourced from the Valley of the Giants, which gave Limeburners its distinctive taste.

Mr Syme said he conducted more than 16 years of research before opening the distillery in 2007.

The peat, which is essentially broken-down vegetation, was sourced from a farmer near Walpole and makes the cornerstone of his whisky, which ties all the flavours together.

“We burn the peat underneath the grain and the smoke from the peat gets up into the barley and then it comes through the distilling process,” Mr Syme said.

“You can still taste the peat flavour even through the ageing process.

“Because in the Valley of the Giants, we have some tingle trees, mallee and gum trees — this brings out all the unique flavour that can’t be found anywhere else in the whisky world.”

Last year, Limeburners claimed three silvers and a bronze medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, along with being named champion Australian distillery and champion Australian whisky at the 2016 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards

The award-winning distillery operates three distilleries in the South West — one in Albany, a Giniversity gin distillery in Margaret River and its biggest distillery in Porongurup.

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