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David Warner prepares for Hobart Test match -with a visit to Tasmanian distillery

FLYING VISIT: n cricket vice-captain David Warner visits Hellyers Road Distillery. Picture: Grant Wells.

GEARING up for ‘s first Test against the West Indies in Hobart, batsman David Warner took a break from the training pitch and headed for a brief visit to Burnie by private helicopter.

Mr Warner’s visit was to take his first look at the distilling process of his new venture, 666 Pure Tasmanian Vodka, which is prepared at Hellyers Road Distillery.

Helicopter aside, the affair was a brief, low-key event with a small throng of diehard, mostly female, fans keen to grab a signature and photo with the cricket star.

Mr Warner was met at the helicopter, which landed in the distillery car park, by fellow 666 owner Jeremy Ferguson, as well as master distiller Mark Littler, before taking a 45-minute tour of the distillery.

Mr Warner said his heart was “100 per cent” behind the product and that he was very excited to be doing something a “a bit different from cricket”.

“I am not drinking any more but I will be back on board soon,” he joked.

Mr Warner said he was proud of the product and wanted to get behind it on a global stage.

Mr Warner said his last visit to the North-West was marred by rain, but he was impressed with what the region had to offer.

“I know it’s a nice, quiet place,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said his friendship with Mr Warner extended back four or five years, when the international cricketers celebrated in his former bar in Melbourne.

Mr Ferguson said Mr Warner was previously a “Grey Goose man” but was converted to 666.

“He offered to help out with social media and I asked him if he wanted to be our ambassador,” Mr Ferguson said.

Mr Warner went one better and offered to buy a part of the company six months ago.

“His name is gold and it makes a big difference,” Mr Ferguson said.

Mr Ferguson said Mr Warner was an enthusiastic part of the team, regularly attending meetings.

The Advocate, Tas

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