Local distillery makes Chinese and French connections
Tasmanian whisky was recently profiled extensively to national and international audiences as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Hobart.
Three of the State’s best known single malt distilleries were selected for inclusion on major event menus relating to President Xi’s visit, foremost of which was the inclusion of Hellyers Road Distillery’s Peated varietal on the Government House menu for Tuesday’s Presidential luncheon.
The Government House menu, dominated by top quality Tasmanian produce, was heavily scrutinised by millions of Chinese people courtesy of blogs and websites administered by visiting Chinese Media. A bottle of Hellyers Road 12 Year was also one of three official gifts given to the President on behalf of the people of Tasmania.
Hellyers Road’s Mark Littler talks ‘whisky’ with President Hollande and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra
Celebrity Chefs love Hellyers Road
Master Chef Judge, Gary Mehigan, recently announced to readers of Fairfax Newspaper’s Good Food supplement that his favourite Australian single malt is Hellyers Road. What a great honour that such a respected ‘foodie’ has recognised the quality of our whisky. We already knew he was a good judge, but this acknowledgment confirms our faith!
And more on the topic of Master Chef – former runner-up, Ben Milbourne, recently dropped into Hellyers Road Distillery and road tested the new 12 Year single malt (see pic right). Ben, who was raised a stone’s throw from the distillery and went to school in Burnie, has just signed a deal to host his own TV program with a major Australian broadcaster. The yet to be named show will go to air nationally later this year.
Ben found our 12 Year to be very much to his liking. “This is way too good to be used in recipes”, he said.