Hellyers Road Distillery

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Tasmania is a prime spot for good Australian wine and beer, and is home to a number of award winning brews!

US Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich is a fan of Tasmania's award-winning whisky and said he would get some bottles for President Obama – who the ambassador says likes the beverage – on his visit to Hobart recently.

"I've already promised I'm going to bring back some Tasmanian whisky with me," Ambassador Bleich said, reported local papers on October 24.

The ambassador said he was enjoying the Hellyers Road Distillery's products, with the "vanilla-y, biscuity" taste.

"I think it's a very good thing that I'm in Canberra and can't live here in Hobart because I love Tasmanian whisky a little too much,'' he said.

The Hellyers Road Distillery is located in Burnie and is the nation's largest distiller of Australian single malt whisky that is "proudly Tasmanian".

The Distillery has also been recognised as a significant Burnie Tourist Attraction and received a 'Highly Commended' award at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2011.

There is also a visitor centre for guests at the distillery offering tastings of Southern Lights Vodka, the Hellyers Road Single Malt range and the Whisky Cream range.

You can also dine in at the fully licenced restaurant, eating delicious foods off the extensive menu such as grilled ocean trout and chicken quiche and taking in beautiful views of the picturesque Emu Valley.

If you are wanting a more in depth view of the distillery, then why not head out on the whisky walk?

The fully guided tour will let you explore the working distillery, where you can smell the latest batch of whisky distilling, touch and feel the ingredients and view the environment in which award winning beverages are made.

You will also get to pour and wax seal your very own bottle of Hellyers Road, completed with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

So during your visit to Tasmania, make a stop to Hellyers Road Distillery and pick up a beverage to take home!

Footnote – The American Ambassador actually took a vintage Single Malt Whisky (from Lark Distillery) back for President Obama.

The whiskies sampled by Ambassador Bleitch at Hellyers

Hellyers Road Distillery Interior and tasting facilities

Ample Parking for Visitors at the Distillery

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