Whisky Explained

There are whiskies, and there are whiskeys.
So, what is the difference between Scotch, Irish, American (Bourbon), Single Malts and Blended whiskies? 
Find out what sets us apart.
The wonderful world of whisky (or whiskey, if you're from Ireland or America) is as straight forward as it is complex. With many styles and flavour profiles, the variation of this wonderful spirit is as complex as it is fascinating!

There are two types of Whisky - Single Malts (typically malted barley) and Blends (made from a variety of grains).

Single Malt whiskies are almost exclusively distilled in a sole distillery using one batch of malted barley. This method arguably represents the purest of whisky types and the ultimate in whisky crafting. Usually aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels before bottling takes place. This method was traditionally adopted by Scottish distilleries (hence the name Scotch). Most new world distilleries will age theirs between 3-5 years on average.

Hellyers Road ages their whisky for an average of 10 years but on occasion will release non-aged statements at around 7 years of age.

Irish Whiskey (spelt with an 'e' in whiskey, as is the same for American whiskey) is usually also made from a single malt. The main difference with Irish whiskey is that Irish distilleries traditionally triple distill their spirit (where as the majority of other distilleries will only double distill). This means that they will run it through their stills three times. The idea being that the more you distill the spirit, the smoother it becomes. However, many would argue that the more you distill, more of the natural flavours 'may' be lost.

As a craft distillery, Hellyers Road produces both double and triple distilled whiskies. Our belief is that the decision should be based on the depth and flavour of "each" distillation at any given time as decided by our team of distillers, not a blanket rule. 

Bourbon is a type of American whiskey that is also barrel aged but for a minimum of two years and is made from corn or rye instead of barley (as this was so prominently grown across America) and will be a blended whiskey.

As in America, many Scottish, Irish, Japanese and Australian distilleries also produce a blended whiskey. This is the blending of numerous types of whiskeys or neutral grain spirits. These can often include added colourings or flavorings to provide consistency when produced in bulk.

While the raw ingredients used in whisky distilling carry a strong determination over the end result, it is generally the wood (cask) selection that has the strongest influence on the flavour profile and quality. The choice of oak and age in cask predominantly determines the taste, colour, nose and any other unique attributes of an individual whisky varietal.

Hellyers Road Distillery only produces Single Malt Whiskies and does not add any colouring or flavourings. Our Oak selection program includes Ex-Bourbon American Oak, traditional premium Port Casks, select premium Sherry Casks (Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso) as well as a variety of premium wine casks (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay).

Awards

2022

Hellyers Road 12 Year old Original American Oak

Best Australian Single Malt - Winner 2022 World Whiskies Awards

Best Australian Single Malt 12 Years and under - Winner 2022 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 15 Year old Slightly Peated American Oak

Best Australian Single Malt 13 Years and over - Winner 2022 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Twin Oak (American & Port Cask) Single Malt Whisky

Silver - 2022 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Select Cask Series Release No.01 (American & Port Cask)

Bronze - 2022 World Whiskies Awards

2021

Hellyers Road Henrys Legacy - Freestone Cove - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 15V03cO2

Best Australian Whisky - Winner 2021 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 15 Year old Original Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Silver - 2021 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 15 Year old Slightly Peated Single Malt Whisky

Best Australian Peated - Silver - 2021 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Master Series Original - Single CASK No: 3058.05

Australia - Bronze - 2021 World Whiskies Awards

2020

Hellyers Road Master Series 15 Year old - Original - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 2241.03

Best Australian Whisky - Winner - 2020 World Whiskies awards

Hellyers Road Master Series Peated Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4032.07

Best Australian Peated - Gold - 2020 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Master Series Peated Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4085.11

Australia - Bronze - 2020 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 12 Year old Original Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Bronze - 2020 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road 15 Year old Original Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Silver - 2020 World Whiskies Awards

2019

Hellyers Road Distillery - Original 15 Years Old

Australia Non Single Cask - Winner - 2019 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Distillery - Slightly Peated 10 Years Old

Best Australian Peated - Winner - 2019 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road - Henry's Legacy No. 05 Release - Black Bluff - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4099.04 - 60.3%

Australia - Gold - 2019 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Distillery - Best Small Exporter

Overall Champion - Winner - 2019 Tasmanian Export Awards

2018

Hellyers Road Distillery - Best Small Exporter

Australia - Runner up - 2018 Tasmanian Export Awards

Hellyers Road Master Series 15 Year old Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK. 58.5%

Australia - Gold - 2018 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards

Hellyers Road 10 Year old Slightly Peated Single Malt Whisky 46.2%

Best Overall - Champion - 2018 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards

Hellyers Road Distillery - Visitor Attraction of the year

Best Overall - Winner - 2018 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road - Henry's Legacy No. 04 Release - Dismal Swamp - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4036.03 - 60.4%

Australia - Gold - 2018 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Henry's - Slightly Peated Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Gold - 2018 World Whiskies Awards

Hellyers Road Master Series 11 Year old - Port Cask - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4295.03

Australia - Silver - 2018 World Whiskies Awards

2017

Tasmanian Export Awards

Small Business - Winner - 2017 Tasmanian Export Awards

Tasmanian Export Awards

Australia - Champion - 2017 Tasmanian Export Awards

2015

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish Original Single Malt Whisky

International - Master Whisky - 2015 Global Whisky Master Awards

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish Original Single Malt Whisky

International - Best Value Whisky - 2015 Global Whisky Master Awards

Tasmanian Export Awards

Small Business - Winner - 2015 Tasmanian Export Awards

2014

Hellyers Road 10 Year old Original Single Malt - Whisky

Australia - Bronze - 2014 Malt Whisky Society of Australia

Hellyers Road Henrys Legacy - The Gorge - Single Malt Whisky - Single CASK No: 4295.02 American Oak

Australia - Silver - 2014 Malt Whisky Society of Australia

Hellyers Road Peated Original Single Malt Whisky

Australia - Silver - 2014 Malt Whisky Society of Australia

2013

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish Original Single Malt Whisky

Best Whisky - New World - 2013 Whisky Live

2010

Hellyers Road Peated Original Single Malt Whisky

Best Australian Whisky - Winner - 2010 Malt Whisky Society of Australia

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Hellyers Road Distillery was established by the passion of a like-minded community of dairy farmers who had the desire to produce the best whisky they could. Knowing nothing about whisky production was no barrier however to their enthusiasm or commitment. Instead it was their very motivation.

Today, our distillers continue to craft our artisan whiskies with the very same passion. Winning numerous awards is testament to the ongoing legacy at Hellyers Road – one of endeavour, perseverance and resilience.

The very character of Henry Hellyer who always pushed forward - journeying into the unknown.

Producing some of the most loved aged single malts and limited single cask releases over the last 20 years, Hellyers Road Distillery is proud to be one of Australia's pioneer distilleries.