The Great Southern Distilling Company (GSDC) founder and director Cameron Syme (pictured) spent no less than 16 years learning about commercial whisky production before branching out to start his Western Australia-based whisky business.

He started distilling his first batches on Christmas Eve in 2005, and the first batch of new-make whisky followed shortly after.

GSDC’s first production of whisky and other spirits took place in a small and basic setup at a small business incubator in Albany. Syme researched and honed his knowledge of, and appreciation for, bourbons and single malts, and two years later, his team moved to their current premises: a custom-built distillery and tourism facility on the edge of Princess Royal Harbour.


The business’s signature product, Limeburners, has since received recognition locally and internationally.

Syme uses only locally sourced produce from the Great Southern and South West Regions, although the corn for the Tiger Snake whiskies comes from Kununurra.

For the flagship product, Limeburners Single Malt Whisky, malted barley is the sole grain.

The final product is chosen carefully by Syme, then the product is bottled, hand-labelled, and numbered with care.

Each finished product is inspected and packaged individually by staff.

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