I’m not a whiskey drinker, but my partner doesn’t mind a drop and has become a kind of ‘collector’ of fine single malt whiskeys. Tasmania has also become internationally renowned for quality whiskeys, with some even topping the best 100 list. Located on the southern edges of Burnie, Hellyers Road Distillery is Tasmania’s most northern and produces about a dozen varieties plus a cream liqueur and a crisp vodka. The location is magic; an outlook over a lush green rolling landscape a distillery that doesn’t feel commercial. All activities radiate from the Visitor’s Centre. The Whiskey Walk Distillery Tour kicks off here, there’s the gift shop, and of course the whiskey tasting bar, as well as the Distillery Cafe. It’s still early and the lunchtime diners are yet to descend on the Distillery Cafe, but it’s perfect timing as the scones are straight out of the oven. Crispy on the outside with firm robust centres, it’s hard to fault these warm scones. The scones are paired well with rich and fruity raspberry jam and lots of thick whipped cream. My only grizzle is there isn’t enough jam. What am I going to do with all that cream?
Tea: A basic variety of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized teapot.
Overall: Hypnotic sweeping views from every angle.
Location: 153 Old Surrey Rd, Havenview TAS 7320 Ph: 03 6433 0439
Reviewed in December, 2016