This month’s whiskies come from the Hellyers Road distillery in Burnie, Tasmania.
We have 5 of their Single Malts to sample, including the single malt Pinot Noir cask which has been judged a Global Whisky Master and one of the World’s Ten Best Value Whiskies in 2015 (United Kingdom).
We hope you enjoy this month’s delights!
Steve & Sarah
The story of Hellyers Road is as unlikely as it is rewarding. It begins near a town called Burnie, which is in a corner of the world more accustomed to building things, growing things and milking things. Winding up and above from this town is a road. This road was once a trail.
The trail was once bush – bush that in 1827 was carved out by Henry Hellyer, an explorer and cartographer who, according to local legend, had little more than a bullock gang and the most basic of tools.
Today, this road once named in his honour is home to a whisky distillery now named in his honour. And it was founded by a group of dairy farmers.
These dairy farmers knew their environment was perfect for sourcing ingredients of purity and quality. And like Henry Hellyer, they too had the patience and tenacity to persevere.
Today, at Hellyers Road Distillery we produce whiskies of great quality. We continue to win significant international awards.
We export to over to 20 countries. And along the way we’ve become Australia’s biggest selling locally crafted whisky. The Hellyers Road story is one of foresight, determination and dedication, inspired by Henry’s spirit to create a whisky that captures the very taste and character of Tasmania
Aged in American Oak (ex-bourbon) this whisky represents the first aged statement offering from our distillery (2012). It is currently Australia’s highest-selling, local crafted single malt, and for good reason. Non-chill filtered, no artificial colouring added and crafted using premium Tasmania grain and some of the world’s purest drinking water. 46.2% alc/vol .
The typical notes of orange and lemon abound until usurped by a smooth vanilla sweetness that arrives on the senses like an unexpected friend. Dried herbs linger through a mellow, creamy aftertaste that gathers amid subtle hints of dripping golden syrup.
As the name suggests, Hellyers Road original product, distilled from premium Tasmanian grain and some of the world’s purest drinking water. Matured in American Oak and bottled at 46.2% alcohol volume with no artificial colouring and not requiring chilled filtration. Our distilling process ensures an enhanced single malt flavour delivering a well-balanced and very smooth spirit.
The nose is drawn to hints of citrus, lemon and orange, while the palate is in receipt of a vanilla sweetness transcending a warm, toasty aftertaste conjuring impressions of freshly buttered sourdough.
Blending Hellyers Road Original Single Malt with a pinch of the Peated spirit, this whisky delivers a tangy, fruity flavour that lingers delightfully in the aftertaste. Aged in American Oak (ex-bourbon) this whisky is non-chill filtered and has no artificial colouring added.
It presents as a refreshing, alternative single malt that is most definitely worthy of your attention. 46.2% alc/vol
A pinch of the Peated spirit is subtly released in a lazy whiff of smokiness. Zesty shavings of orange and lemon peel, combined with a deft cooperation of freshly ground pepper manifest a ginger-like persuasion departing to a smooth, nurturing glow in the aftertaste.
Aged in American Oak (ex-bourbon) and distilled using peated grain sourced from Inverness – Scotland, this single malt was recognised as the nation’s best at the Malt Whisky Society of Australia Awards for Excellence in 2010. True Scotch lovers will be in awe of this delightful Tasmanian crafted drop. 46.2% alc/vol. Presented in a stunning canister.
A whiff of burnt fern smokiness greets the nose with typical hints of citrus, lemon and orange presenting through the haze. The palate is further complimented by a citrus sweetness with overtones of malt presenting. A lingering aftertaste conjures fresh forest regeneration with layers of smoke and pepper omnipresent.
Our Original Single Malt Whisky, aged in American Oak (ex-bourbon) finished in French Oak (ex-pinot noir) to provide a tantalising point of difference for single malt lovers. Imaginative and unique, this delightful spirit evokes all the complexities of a Tasmanian rainforest. Judged a Global Whisky Master and one of the World’s Ten Best Value Whiskies in 2015 (United Kingdom).
The nose is immediately drawn to crisp summer citrus, lemon and orange that obediently withdraws on the palate to manifest a sweet, gentle layer of pepper and spice – a persuasion of the red wine cameo. Burnt blackberry sauce lingers in the aftertaste foreclosing a treasured confusion of the senses.
Makes 4—5 medium-sized glasses.
1 teaspoon bitters
2 cups crushed ice
125 ml Hellyers Road Original Single Malt.
1 litre chilled lemonade
30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pour the bitters, lime and lemon juice into a jug (larger than 1.25 litres).
Add the crushed ice and then pour over Hellyers Road .
Finally, add the lemonade, and enjoy!