Have you visited Hellyers Road Distillery in Burnie lately? It is Australia’s largest distiller of single malt whisky and it all started in 1999 when the very first barrel was filled. Back then the site only housed the factory and bond store.
Hellyers Road Distillery: From Then to Now
Now at Hellyers Road Distillery you will also find an interpretation centre, gift shop and restaurant. What’s more, there’s the Whisky Walk, which is a guided tour of the working distillery, and a chance to sample the product too. You can view where they make their lovely malt whisky, vodka and whisky cream while taking in the aromas as you walk through. There’s an opportunity to pour and wax seal your own bottle of Hellyers Road, and there’s a signed certificate of authenticity to go with it.
At the end of the tour we were shown to the holding room where there are shelves of beautiful (full) American Oak casks all sitting and maturing. As soon as the doors were opened you were hit with a tantalising smell of wood and spirits which reminded me immediately of Christmas and the smell of plum puddings etc. My friend Susanne (of Tasmanian Gourmet Hampers) remarked that she could stay in the room all day!
Single Malt Whisky, Whisky Cream and… Milk!
Did you know that Hellyers Road Distillery is a wholly owned subsidiary of Betta Milk Co-op Society Ltd? Betta Milk is 100% owned by Tasmanian farmers and was established in 1956. Some of the Hellyers Road Distillery products include…
- Single Malt Whisky
- Single Malt Whisky – Peated
- Southern Lights Cold Grain Vodka (available in orange, lemon and apple as well)
- Single Malt Whisky – Slightly Peated
- Single Malt Whisky – Finished in a Pinot Noir Cask
- Whisky Cream Liqueur (available in original, coffee or hazelnut)
That’s quite a selection of products made on site to choose from. The visitor centre offers tastings of the single malt range, vodka range and whisky cream range.
Not Just Malt Whisky
You don’t have to be a whisky-lover to enjoy a trip to Hellyers Road Distillery. The visitor centre offers retail and dining experiences you can enjoy too. The gift shop has a large range of products including mugs, glassware, whisky and vodka products, chocolate and other merchandise.
The fully licensed restaurant has a fabulous range of meals on the menu, which are all very reasonably priced. There are some truly mouth-watering choices on there; I had a hard time deciding what to have. This only means one thing: I’ll be back again to work my way through the menu! When you are seated at your table the views across the valley are superb and ever-changing with the seasons.
What’s on the Restaurant Menu?
I decided on the house special which comprised of potted pie of north west Tassie beef braised in Hellyer whisky, caramelised onions and veggies with thick cut rosemary potato wedges. Susanne had the confit of Mount Gnomon Wessex Saddleback pork shoulder, slow cooked in a French style white bean and veggie braise with local Toulouse sausage and grilled fennel bread.
For dessert I chose the cheesecake served with Betta cream and berry coulis. Susanne had the chocolate Crème Brulee. For drinks we had the very refreshing and popular Hellyers Sunset. It was all cooked to perfection using local ingredients and was most delicious.
I was totally impressed with everything on offer at Hellyers Road Distillery, from the guided tour with knowledgeable staff, to the impressive restaurant. If you’ve never been for a visit you must do so. They are open seven days a week from 10.ooam to 4.30pm (closed on public holidays). Charges apply for the distillery tour, which includes whisky tasting. Tours depart 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.00pm and 3.00 pm. For more details visit the Hellyers Road Distillery website or phone (03) 6433 0439.
Michelle Kneipp Pegler writes a blog called Leven River Farm as well as articles like this about the north west coast region of Tasmania. If you’d like Michelle to visit you, please contact Think Tasmania.
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