Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
American Oak + Pinot Noir Wine Cask Finish
46.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Sep 2010 4:11 pm

Average value

€ 68,97

5 × in wishlist

45 × member ratings

70 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.23 points

  1. Gris scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes also available in french on the whisky blog ;)
    • Nose
      Fruity with a hint of licorice and anise.
    • Taste
      Peat, but slightly present, the fruity and aniseed side is more apparent (nose and taste). A tiny bit of vanilla. It lacks complexity. (yeah, I know, I too lack complexity sometimes)
    • Finish
      Long enough, the winey side is more present at the end of the mouth.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    exo fruit with vine sensation marked very interesting!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, the wine immediately recognizable, fresh, vinous wish! then some acidulous fruits!
    In the mouth, wine, malt rather dry, almost austere, intense spices!
    In the final, the drought found aromas remains on the tongue, so quite short and a little disappointing indeed!
    A dram with a vine finish very different from what I usually find in Alsace!

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Not as bad as I expected, has some interesting notes, nose and mouth know to score, if there was a little less alcohol taste and the finish is not completely flattened, he could get even more
    • Nose
      Definitely some of (more favorable) brandy or cognac, rather the former, a constant warm, alcoholic burning, combined with a nice blend of light hazelnut, citrus notes, vanilla, sour gummy bears, sour grapes
    • Taste
      Oh yes, here immediately the last two notes of the nose, extremely sour gums, sour wine, almost more reminiscent of white wine or sparkling wine than red wine, there would not be a few berry notes and raisins in between flashing again and again, wild garlic, vanilla, thin oak notes, everything with a little alcoholic aftertaste, not quite round
    • Finish
      Grapes with peel and kernel, bitter, young oak, much more unfortunately not here, short to medium

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    N- Floral, honey, toast and nutty. Even some citrus come thru, rather complex with refine candy sweetness and cedar woods. Penetrating strength that gives a layer of young and burning notes, but no huge damage to the overall expression.

    P- Toast, grilled pineapple with plenty of phenol at the back. Smokes from somewhere? Sweet raisin with sour notes sunk in. White oak linger as well tobacco. Young, although rough at the edges, but do enjoy the aggression.

    F- Long, wood spicy, sweet tobacco, earthy and echoing. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. lachaineduwhisky scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful acidulous fruits accompanied by cereals (as in the 10 years old) but accompanied by a certain minerality of the pinot noir, which fits very well in the nose. In the mouth, always the fruits obviously but drier and bitter than his companions. The wine note is very clearly identifiable. Final sweet, then bitter. Fruits in retrooling.

  7. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This Australian Whisky was off with a very pleasant nose that makes you want to go further (like a Kavalan Vinho ...) but does not confirm in the mouth unfortunately ...
    • Nose
      Initially very fruity on melon and very greedy on candy to see chewing gum ... Then once the first aromas are past, we return to classic with cereals and dried fruits.
    • Taste
      Dry in the mouth with an explosion of spices, it remains overall greedy with a slight bitterness. We still smell cereals ...
    • Finish
      I thought I first live a final pastry / buttered but it became quickly dry on spices ...

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur


    Australians like a good wine just as the next person, so why not a wine finished whisky? Hellyers Road has a single malt that was finished on port casks, but I was as yet unable to put my hands on that one. I did manage to get this Pinot Noir Finish, though. It matured on bourbon casks first. There is no age statement, which leads me to believe it is their 6 year old, bottled as Original, but with a wine finish. Note that all Hellyers Road whiskies are bottled at 46,2%.

    This is indeed the honeysweet version of the Original. Besides the freshly cut grass and vanilla, apples and citrus, I also get nice hints of strawberry and rhubarb. Some chocolate and even cuberdon. There is also a floral element Think Hyacinth. On the nose, this works very well.

    It is very creamy on the palate, which I quite like. But unfortunately also a bit sharp. The wine tries its best to soften things up, but underneath the sweet layer is a big bitterness. Then again, it also sports some woodsmoke, making it nicely spicy and even a bit smoky.

    In the medium long finish I get some parsley and even dill next to the vanilla and honey. I kid you not!

    I am in dubio about this one. The sweet wine did a good thing here, but could not wholly mask the bitter character of this young Hellyers Road. Between 70 and 90 EUR, which I find too much for what you get.


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