Kicking off our review series, Attic Approved with this one by Shane Batchler.
Hellyer’s Road distillery is located in the pristine lush region in Burnie, Tasmania. Founded in 1999 by a group of dairy farmers, it takes its name from a road surveyed in 1827 by explorer Henry Hellyer.
In 2013 Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish was voted ‘Best New World Whisky’ from a series of blind tastings at the Whisky Live fair in Paris, putting the Australian single malt in the limelight ever since.
Matured in American white oak casks and then finished in the Pinot Noir wine casks, the nose has a light grassy floral note to it, with soft yet subtle sweetness.
The first sip has some kick to it but once it settles a few seconds later, the flavours emerge: a gentle fruit spiciness, well balanced with some oak that explodes over the pallet. There is a crisp and clean lingering taste, with a lengthy cherry fruit undertone from the Pinot Noir casks.
A very easy, well rounded drinking single malt.
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