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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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