What’s in a bottle of Limeburners Single Malt?
Barley: the grain of single malts. Some of the best barley in the world is produced in South Western Australia. We are fortunate to be able to source our barley directly from fields in the region. The barley is malted in Perth then comes straight to our distillery.
Water: the essence of life is also the essence of a quality distilling process. Whisky uses hard water in the initial process then requires pure soft water. Our product water comes from limestone aquifers near the distillery. The pure soft water is sourced from filtered rain water collected at the distillery, most likely to have come directly from melted antarctic ice caps.
Each batch of whisky is aged in specially selected barrels to infuse the depth of flavour, colour and aroma that make our whiskies so unique. We use single and double barrel maturation, with an array of oak casks including Bourbon and old Australian Sherry, Port and Tokay. Some of our barrels are 60 – 80 years old. We can trace the provenance of some of our barrels to the US bourbon houses in the 1930’s and 1940s. These barrels have then held port or sherry for the next 70 odd years before being selected by our coopers to come to us for maturing Limeburners Single Malt Whisky. We also use some old wine barrels which we use as first fill house brandy barrels before using as second fill whisky barrels.
We refill our barrels up to 3 times and then usually pass them on to wineries for fortified wines – nothing is wasted all flavours keep evolving.
What does single batch mean?
Limeburners Single Malt Whisky is made in single batches. A 100 litre barrel produces just over 100 cask strength bottles (61% abv) or a 200 litre barrel produces around 320 bottles when brought down with rain water to 43% abv. As a result of our single batch process each expression is a limited edition of between 100 and 320 bottles.
As there are so few bottles per batch it is common for us to sell out of a particular barrel release very quickly. However we strive to have a standard 43% whisky, a cask strength 61% whisky and a smoky flavoured peated whisky available for purchase at all times.
We also produce a Limeburners “Directors Cut” which is our premium Single Malt selected from barrels distilled under our director’s supervision to his particular cut points, and which is then matured in the best selected barrels. Our first Directors Cut won a Silver Medal at the London International Wine and Spirit Show in 2011.
How does it taste?
Every release is a single barrel expression of Single Malt Whisky, with bottles individually numbered. Whilst always maintaining the wonderful characteristics of this hand distilled and award winning malt whisky each expression has unique qualities. Consistent characters include malt, spicy, cinnamon, fruit, and vanilla. Each barrel will impart other characteristics unique to the barrel.
Limeburners has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at international spirit competitions, and the world’s leading whisky critic had this to say:
“beautiful mouth feel: my word, this is well made spirit!”
“This no age statement malt spent an unspecified amount of time in American brandy cask before being finished in bourbon casks. Does it work? Yes it does. But now that's torn it lads. You are supposed to start off with a bloody horrible whisky and get better. Now you have gone and made a rod for your own back. Good on you!”
“another big grapey statement from Limeburners. The fruit is thick, clean, sugar-soaked and dripping from the barley; the playful spices on the oak are to die for”
- Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012
Quite simply here at Limeburners we strive to produce the best whisky in the world – we are in the pursuit of excellence.
We hope you enjoy your Limeburners!