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Imagine a corner of the world more accustomed to building things, growing things and milking things, the northern port town of Burnie, Tasmania. Now imagine a road leading up to it that was once bush- a bush that in 1827 was carved out by Henry Hellyer, an explorer and cartographer in whose honour this road is named. What makes it more interesting is that this road today leads up to a distillery founded by a group of dairy farmers in the year 1999.
This largest distillery in Australia and Tasmania is in a location that is perfect for sourcing ingredients of purity and good quality, is privileged to have air that is untouched for miles and rains that fall unimpeded. This dairy founded by a consortium of dairy farmers, produces whiskies of great quality and is Australia’s biggest selling craft whisky.
46.2% Abv - 700ml
In 2013, this expression was voted `Best New World whisky’ from a series of blind tastings conducted at the Whisky Live fair in Paris. It was judged a `Global Whisky Master and one of the World’s Ten Best Value Whiskies’ in 2015 (United Kingdom).
The Original Single Malt Whisky is first aged in American white oak aged casks (ex-bourbon) and then finished in the French Oak wine casks (ex-pinot noir) to provide an imaginative, unique and delightful complexities of a Tasmanian rainforest.
Tasting Notes: The nose is crisp summer citrus, lemon and orange and very inviting. The big, rich palate is a fusion of sweet and layer of cracked black pepper. The finish is burnt blackberry sauce that lingers, with fruity honey. As the distillery mentions, it is `a treasured confusion of the senses’.
46.2% Abv - 700ml
With imported peated barley all the way from Inverness, Scotland, Hellyers Road produces the Single Malt Peated whisky that true Scotch lovers will be in awe of. Recognised as the nation’s best at the Malt Whisky Society of Australia Awards of Excellence, this is a welcome addition to the impressive lineup of Hellyers Road releases.
Tasting Notes:A whiff of burnt fern smokiness greets the nose with typical hints of citrus, lemon and orange. Underneath is the delicate nuts and vanilla. The palate is complimented by citrus sweetness with overtones of toasted malts. The lingering aftertaste conjures fresh forest regeneration with layers of smoke and pepper omnipresent. The finish is smoky but gentle and well rounded.