Hellyers Road distillery

Hellyers Road is a single malt whisky from Tasmania. Tasmania is considered the cradle of Australian whisky. The distillery got its name from one of the first European settlers to settle in Tasmania.

Hellyers Road Distillery

In 1825, Henry Hellyer was the first European explorer to travel in the interior of northwest Tasmania. He was chief surveyor of the Van Dieman Land company and had no more than a bull and basic tools to build a dirt road in the wild.

In the northwest of the island Hellyers Road is currently the distillery with the largest production volume in the country and has a still with a capacity of 30,000 liters. More precisely on the edge of Burnie, a small town with around 20,000 inhabitants. It owes its nam to Hellyers Road, on the side of which it was built, and which is named after the first geographer and cartographer Hellyers.

As a rule, the freshly distilled new make is bottled in barrels with a maximum capacity of 100 liters for maturation though there are frequently only quarter casks that are filled.

Recommendations

The 10-year-old single malt from Hellyers Road is the best-selling domestic single malt in Australia. Notes of soft caramel candies, sweet pears, orange blossom honey and the freshly grated zest of a lemon frolic in the nosing glass. The palate delivers butter cookies, sweet vanilla cream and juicy orange notes with a little cinnamon and clove spice that give way to gentle herbal notes and spicy maple syrup.

The distillery also offers peated bottlings and a Pinot Noir Finish all worth trying.

History

The prehistory is the establishment of a dairy. For this purpose, around 50 years ago, 50 proud dairy farmers came together and founded the Betta Milk Co-Operative. At the beginning of the 1990s, the then Chairman of Betta Milk had the idea of ​​a whisky production and was able to inspire his comrades for this idea. So they decided to create single malt. The distillery was built on the dairy company’s premises, and in 1999 the first new make was distilled

Hellyers Road factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Hellyers Road Tasmania Australia
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1999 - Present Malt Hellyers Road Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Mark Littler Betta Milk

Hellyers Road Timeline:

1999: The first new make came out of the still

2010: Hellyers Road Peated is voted the best Australian whisky by the Malt Whisky Society of Australia.

2013: Hellyers Road Pinot noir finish is named Best New World Whisky at Whisky Live in Paris

Can I tour Hellyers Road?

Yes Hellyers Road distillery is tourable. On Trip Advisor the distillery has been rated as excellent by 67 of 114 tours to date. This gives Hellyers Road an overall rating of 4.5

Latest reviews

Outstanding by Vivtheresebarlow

Food, service and location was absolutely fabulous, could not have picked a better spot to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary. Will be back

Great by Ny Trees

Very informative. Learn about the process of distilling whiskey. Sam was very helpful. Sample whiskey during the tour.

Part of Shore Excursion by TravelGrandma10

We visited the distillery as part of a shore excursion. We didn't tour the distillery, but tasted the product. The Whisky Cream was really good. It’s ironic that they use oak barrels from Jack Daniels as we live close to that distillery.

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Excellent 67
Very good 36
Average 7
Poor 1
Terrible 3