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Helvetica, Howard Way, Wednesday 5 October

Helvetica is a small bar, tucked away in an alley off Howard Way, a stones throw from St Georges Terrace. Helvetica is best known as a whiskey bar, with around 100 different whiskeys available, as well as the usual suspects from Scotland, Ireland and the US, there are Japanese, Swedish, Australian and even an Indian whiskeys for your drinking pleasure.

This was my second visit to Helvetica, the first rekindle my passion with single malt, so this visit I took the chance to sample a couple more of Islay’s finest.

The first was an 18 year old Laphroaig, a whiskey with the flavour of 10 Year Old Laphroaig and the subtle smoothness of 16 year old Lagavulin. A very refined Islay whiskey, with the robust peaty body and silky smooth after taste of oak and vanilla. A whiskey I could sip all night.

The second was an Ardbeg Uigeadail, a brute of a whiskey. From the not so subtle aroma to the full on explosion in your mouth, it screamed peaty Islay whiskey at the top of it’s lungs at you. The exact opposite of the refined 18 year old Laphroaig. Of the two, I would take the Ardbeg Uigeadail most days, because it was such an intense drinking experience.

In addition to whiskey, Helvetica also has a decent range of other spirits, as well as cocktails, wine, beer and cider. The bar was crowded for a Wednesday night, with a good buzzy atmosphere of people talking, the background music was just in the background. The service excellent and the bar food decent. The only downside, the whiskey is a little more expensive than in most other small bars in Perth, but that comes from having to maintain 80 more whiskeys than other bars. I will be back because the are plenty of whiskeys to taste and the atmosphere is there.

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