Hellyers Road, founded 1999, is the largest Australian malt whisky distillery with the capacity of producing 100,000 liters of spirit per annum.
It is equipped with a single pair of stills, interestingly the pots of both stills are made of stainless steel, while necks, heads and lyne arms are made of copper. The distillery is named after Henry Hellyer, the 19th Century explorer and cartographer, who in 1827 carved out the road out of Tasmanian bush, which today leads to the distillery. The majority of barley used for distillation is locally grown but for Hellyers Road Peated the malt is sourced from Inverness, Scotland (the distillery has no access to local peat bogs). The whisky is aged exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels and bottled without age statement.
Nose: smoky and fruity, oranges, lemons, green apples, vanilla, caramel, hard candy, hints of pine needles and lavender.
Palate: sweet cereals, vanilla, honey, baked apples, orange peel, dash of dried herbs and oak tannins and whiffs of peat smoke.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, baked apples, dash of white pepper and oak.