Hellyers road Australian single malts – Original, slightly peated, 10 year old, peated, pinot noir cask

Original

Alc. 46.2%

Nose:

Perfumed pears, nutty grains and something a little, inexplicable… possibly fuel. The nose is sharp with a surge of spirit that makes the nose alive and keeps the nose from being too inexpressive. Fruit bowl, biscuit, apple sauce and dry oak. Sweet with fruit, dry with wood.

Palate:

Entry is sharp with dry grain, and leads into hot pepper, green and red grapes, berries, and some dry husk in the middle, with creamy butterscotch. quickly vanishes with a citrus note.

Overall: 84

 

Slightly peated

Alc. 46.2%

Nose:

Mute, inexpressive, void. Some cereal, yellow fruit, and floral malt. The peat is very slight and the aroma is unpleasantly sour. Air brings more peat to the front.

Palate:

Mute palate with heavy grape, kiwi, tropical impressions, and shifts into medicinal peat, wheeties, husk, dry grass and roasted wood. Werthers and cream hide in the middle. starts fruity and tapers off into roasted. The peat is minimal, but plays off well.

Overall: 82

 

10 year old

Alc. 46.2%

Nose:

Crisp with fresh pears and apples, rich with brown spice and tropical fruits. A bit pungent with wet grass, but nice. Touch of smoke, fresh barrel notes with banana and cherry candies.

Palate:

Dry cereal note contrasted by tropical fruit and a little rubber make for an interesting palate. Sweet vanilla custard, cinnamon, dry husk, little tobacco and leaves with some black pepper. Salt. Very smooth and has an aftertatse of werthers hard toffees.

Overall: 86

 

Peated

Alc. 46.2%

Nose:

Assertive peat, although a fruity nose. Rubber and smoke, also fresh cut fruits, berries, apple sauce and some spice and sawdust. Oily.

Palate:

A punch of smoke and peat, tobacco and canned sweet peas. Salty butter, biscuits, apples and pears. Tropical fruits, char and long lasting finish with gentle black pepper and peat hanging on the whole way.

Overall: 85

Looking back on these notes and seeing ‘canned sweet peas’ in the notes I decided to take yet another re-taste, out of personal disbelief. After the re-taste, I can wholly confirm canned sweet peas are in the profile.

 

Pinot noir

Alc. 46.2%

Nose:

Candies, sweet stone fruits, lots of fresh berries and cocoa. wood glue and barnyard are unfortunate. Red grape skins.

Palate:

Raspberries, tobacco, cigarettes and molasses. Funky barnyard, medicinal syrup and astringent notes from middle to end. Dry husk, herbs.

Overall: 87

 

Please note:

A fairly new distillery set in the Australian island of tasmania, hellyer road distillery has not yet reached the north American market, but is found readily in Europe.

Aged in jack daniels barrels and crafted from local barley, this is also crafted with collected rainwater. There is no colouring or chill filtering. The overall feel is that is a little lighter and just a touch less robust than other single malts ive tried. Good, solid whisky, I have seen higher scores, though.

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