Tuesday 5 June 2018

Hellyers Road Distillery

How good is whisky? Alright, that's a rhetorical question. The golden spirit is a fantastic substance enjoyed all around the world. And, Tasmania holds some of the purest water sources on our beautiful planet. That means it's also home to some of the best beer and whisky!

We had enjoyed Hellyers Road whiskys a number of times during our year in Tassie. So, when the opportunity arose for us to visit the distillery, we couldn't possibly let it pass!

There's a few Hellyers in Tassie: Hellyer Gorge, Hellyer River, and, of course, Hellyers Road. The name comes from a bloke named Henry Hellyer, one of the early explorers of Tasmania.

While Hellyers Distillery is in Burnie, the gorge and river can be found southwest of the town. If you want to explore that area, it is full of the delightful rainforests, mountains, and walking tracks one might expect to find in Tasmania's west coast.

Now, back to the distillery! The place gives off a premium vibe that reflects that of the whisky. You can order some top quality grub from their cafe, which offers tranquil views of Emu Valley while you dine. There's a whisky tour, which is quite informative, involves sampling, and offers special-grade whisky. Or you can just pop in for a drink or pick up some of the good stuff!

Hellyers Road Distillery's whisky is all made here in Aus, with almost all Tassie ingredients. I say almost as their peated whisky—which I highly rate—contains peat imported from Scotland.

If you're in the area, and feeling a bit thirsty, an afternoon visit to Hellyers Distillery can't be beat!

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