Cameron Syme with some of Great Southern Distillery’s finest. Photos: Lata Wright, Great Southern Distilling Company

Syme distils recipe for success

It has been almost 15 years since Cameron Syme left his career with a multinational energy company to establish a whisky distillery in the state’s south.

Enthused by family tales of far-flung Scottish relatives, who (it’s claimed) once reported the location of their illicit distillery to the authorities in order to use the reward money to fund a new one, Mr Syme spent several years researching the business before starting his venture in 2004.

In a short timeframe from a whisky point of view, he has gone from trials in a 150 square metre space as part of an incubator program at the Albany Business Centre, to owning and operating two distilleries (with a third on the way) that produce internationally acclaimed whisky, gin and liqueurs.


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Year established in WA

3rd-Kimberley Rum Company1996
4th↓Harris Organic1998
5th-Great Southern Distilling Company2004
7th-Old Young's Distillery2006
8th-Geographe Distillery2008
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