A calming softness, oily sweetness and over tones of vanilla and citrus with a mellow aftertaste, expect all this and more from Hellyers Road Distillery’s 12-year aged single malt. Hellyers Road Whisky is Australia’s largest boutique distillery, and the only one located in Burnie in Tasmania, which can be visited on a multi-day Tasmania itinerary from Launceston.
It was named after European explorer Henry Hellyer who surveyed the once dirt road leading to the distillery.
There’s a statue of Henry with his preferred companion, a trusty mutt, in the spacious Burnie Visitor Centre.
Hellyers Road Distillery
The distillery is owned by Tasmania’s second largest milk processing company, Betta Milk and headed by Master Distiller Mark Littler.
It was established as a creative expansion following the deregulation of the Australian Dairy industry in 1996.
The spirits first flowed here in 1999 with the first product sales in 2006 and the awards have been flowing ever since.
Mark Littler will tell you that milk and whisky is not such a strange combination.
It’s all about hygiene, critical time and temperature points, rigorous quality control and a controlled storage environment.
“We produce a high quality product using pure rainwater from this lush dairy farming country,” says Mark.
Peated Simple Malt Whisky
“Our Peated Simple Malt was recognized as the nation’s best at the Malt Whisky Society Awards for Excellence in 2010 and the Pinot Noir Finish was awarded Best New World Whisky at Whisky Live in Paris, 2013.”
Just a few steps from Mark’s office is the Whisky Walk where visitors can view the process from malted barley to barrel, all with a definite peaty aroma in the air.
There’s even an opportunity to pour and wax your own ‘Distillers Choice’ straight from the oak.
Original, slightly peated, pinot noir finish or Henry’s Legacy, if you can’t decide which whisky to take home, sample a few with a whisky flight in the visitor center.
Whisky has also found its way out of the bottle and into their rich, creamy fudge and marinated steak for the distinctive Hellyers Road burger.
Relax with a dram or a drop of Hellyers Road in a comfortable lounge chair, and enjoy the sweeping views over some of Tasmania’s exquisite mountain scenery.
This is a visitor’s centre you’ll find hard to leave.
The centre is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm.