By Grace Jones
The accolades continue to pour in for Great Southern Distilling Company as they were crowned Telstra Western Australian Business of the Year on the weekend.
Director and distiller Cameron Syme said the award was a surprise, but an amazing achievement.
“All our staff went to the award with the hope of winning,” he said.
“We were so surprised to come away with the big one. 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for us.”
Home to Limeburners Whiskey in Albany and Giniversity Gin in Margaret River, Great Southern Distilling Company continues to impress on the world stage with their range of whiskies, gins, vodkas and other liqueurs.
In the last few months, they have been reaping the rewards of their internationally recognised whiskey, winning more than 20 awards including best craft whiskey in the world at the American Distilling Institute’s annual spirits awards.
Not only recognized as a Champion Australian Distillery, GSDC has been ranked in the top two per cent of world whiskies by the world leading whiskey critic, Jim Murray.
With the impending opening of the company’s newest distillery in the Porongurup, Mr Syme said he was excited to have the opportunity to cater to more international whiskey drinkers.
“So far, we’re producing around 10,000 cases of whiskey a year at our Albany distillery,” he said.
“We’re expecting to produce around 130,000 cases of whiskey a year from our Porongurup distillery when it opens.”
Mr Syme’s hope is to have Western Australia, and Albany in particular, become internationally recognised as a place to go for good quality whiskies and liqueurs.
Great Southern Distilling Company are well on their way to achieving that goal, with more than 400 liquor outlets and bars in Australia supplying their products, and international markets in the UK, USA, Singapore and China all demanding a taste.