Malt Mileage Rating: ★★★★★
Type: Single malt
Origin: Tasmania, Australia
Hellyer’s Road 12 year old is matured in American oak casks and vatted in timber. It is predominately a sweet malt with full-flavoured golden honey, oiliness, heavy citrus, vanilla and curious floral notes.
The nose offers a bouquet of citrus (lemon and orange) and vanilla, and as the nose adjusts these citrus notes soften into yuzu and cucumber with sweet sugary ripe melon and tropical fruit. The vanilla and sugars are vibrant, with toasted coconut, macaron, caramel, crystalline raw sugar, honey and baklava. On the palate the whisky offers notes of orange peel, citrus oils, coconut oil, walnut oil, golden honey, rounded wood tannin, and floral scented incense; by all means the oils play a big role in the appeal of this malt – luscious, mouth-coating and downright insatiable. After some time, mango and crisp acidic passion fruit emerges. The finish tastes of chocolate, lightly roasted ground coffee and toasted oak.
Hellyers Road 12 year old is a flavourful Tasmanian single malt brimming with some character one would not usually find in most single malts. It is a quaff-able Australian single malt that has fast become one of my favourites. I could say more, but that would be boring. Suffice to say, my recommendation would be to definitely buy and drink this Aussie dram. It is also reasonably priced, and guaranteed to be aged at least 12 years. If there is a reason not to like it, that reason has escaped my attention over the course of downing a bottle of this liquid Tasmanian sunshine.