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Confirming one of the most anticipated whisky events of the year – the 2017 Australian Distillers Dinner will take place Thursday 24 August at The Oak Barrel. Probably our quickest selling event each year, we invite you to join us for an evening of whisky, stories and dinner with an assemblage of inspirational Australian distillers.

We’ll be spanning the full scope of whisky distillers from across the Australian landscape for the 2017 iteration as we host one of the country’s formative and most awarded whisky producers, a handful of established – but small – distillers and the odd up-and-comer.

Western Australia’s Great Southern Distilling Co. was founded by Cameron Syme and he was part of the original ‘front’ of Australian distillers trying to introduce Australian drinkers to local whisky. Driven largely by the single malt brand Limeburners, their expressions have been awarded numerous times locally and around the world and the operation is currently expanding to its third distillery site. We’ll be joined by owner Syme and distiller Ben Kagi, who was recently recognised at the 2018 Icons Of Whisky Australia Awards.

It’s been too long between drinks between The Oak Barrel and Bill McHenry of the McHenry & Sons distillery in Port Arthur, Tasmania, and he’ll be joining us with whisky and stories from Australia’s southernmost whisky distillery. Having seemingly found the only part of Australia that resembles Scotland’s climate at his high altitude, rainforest site, McHenry’s whiskies have enjoyed a patient maturation and, unusually for Australia, lost more alcohol than water to the angels’ share. Very Scottish.

Also making the trek from Tasmania is Rob Polmear, the new distiller of the famed Overeem distillery. Originally a hobby project in the back shed for Casey Overeem, Polmear has played an integral hand in restarting the distillery’s operations with the backing of Lark. We’re welcoming Overeem back to the Fair for the first time in a number of years (a milestone we marked by bottling a single cask for the occasion) and are delighted that Polmear will be able to make his way up to Sydney. Particularly given he’s meant to be installing a new still down in Tassie…

A relatively new name in Australian single malt to the wider audience of Australia, Timboon Railway Shed Distillery actually have a fair bit of experience up their sleeve. A successful operation located on the local tourist rail trail, the distillery – which has the best looking gift boxes in the game, in our opinion – finally have enough whisky for a meaningful expansion beyond the cellar door. Distiller Josh Walker will join us to tell their story and showcase what’s next for the distillery in a train shed.

The final name for our initial announcement is Kristy Booth, of the Killara Distillery out of Tasmania. A new set-up, they’re in the process of filling barrels and patiently watching their barrels mature. Booth is not just any start-up distiller though, as the daughter of Bill an Lyn Lark, arguably the first couple of Australian single malt, she has spent a lot of her time in the past 15 years in and around distilleries, often operating something. One of the country’s top female distillers – of which there are too few – Kristy will be explaining her journey so far and showcasing the DNA of Killara.

We can’t have a Distillers Dinner without a New South Wales representative though, so we’re delighted to welcome Beau Schilg and Neil Druce from the Corowa Distillery to the table. Located on the New South Wales side of the Murray River, Corowa is shaping up as one of the country’s most promising regional whisky distillers. They’re not far off ready to bring their whisky to market and head distiller Schilg and founder Neil Druce will take us through the next phase of their journey in whisky.

Held in The Oak Barrel’s Cellar Room, the dinner will be a relaxed, conversational event with friends new and old. With each distiller presenting something special to taste, food will be provided by our friends at the Nighthawk Diner – who did a smashing job last year.

Tickets are strictly limited, so get in quick. Once they’re sold, we can’t fit in any more!

The annual Australian Distillers Dinner is the final Fair Masterclass in the lead up to Sydney Whisky Fair 2017, Australia’s favourite celebration of whisky.

Distillers For Distillers Dinner 2017:

Cameron Syme (Limeburners)
Rob Polmear (Overeem)
Bill McHenry (McHenry)
Josh Walker (Timboon)
Kristy Booth (Killara)
Beau Schilg/Neil Druce (Corowa)

Menu By Nighthawk Diner

Drunken Sydney Rock Oyster Whisky Sloop

Jamon Iberico, Strathdon Blue, Bourbon Jalapenos Pickle, Toasted Oakcake

Seared Scallop, Fried Blood Sausage, Creamed Jerusalem Artichokes, Beurre Noisette, Dehydrated Seaweed, Crushed Smoked Sesame Seed

Duck Leg Confit a l’Orange, Whisky Glazed Baby Veg, Crispy Duck Skin

Creamy Buttery Potato Mash

Date Puddings, Whisky Butterscotch, Whisky Custard

Whisky Wine Gums

WHAT: The Annual Australian Distillers Dinner
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Thursday 24 August, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $199 / Non-Members $225
TICKETS: [MEMBERS] [GUEST]

 

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Whatever you do, don’t call this a masterclass.

Tim Duckett is a man who had a plan to bottle a range of Tasmanian whiskies that he and his friends liked to drink. He called that series Heartwood and six years since the first release, the series has become one of the most awarded, cult-loved, infamous and sought after whisky labels in Australia.

The Oak Barrel has long loved the weird, wonderful, high-octane, soothing, offensive, beguiling and just-plain-Dinosaur whiskies Duckett has released under the Heartwood label, and he’s been a long-time Sydney Whisky Fair exhibitor. Problem is, in August 2017 there’s physically not enough Heartwood in existence to pour at the Fair.

No worries, we’ve come up with another plan. Making stuff up as we go along, as Tim would say.

SPECIAL HEARTWOOD ARCHIVE OFFERING IN STORE NOW

Mr. Heartwood said he’d come up to Sydney to be a guest at the Fair, and to host an evening of whiskies and chatter. Certainly not a masterclass, more an evening of friends (old and new) in a room sharing drams. Given the lack of Heartwood available, the alchemist said he’d bring up some samples from around Tasmania, be they new make spirit, young whiskies drawn from a cask, or pre-release samples.

Fair play, we said, but we also thought we might be able to add a bit to the party as well. Delving into our own archive – and picking up some bottles – we reckon we’ve put together a line-up that would make any Heartwood devotee salivate.

For this evening of whisky jolliness we’ll be cracking Tim’s first ever Heartwood release Mt Wellington, a 12-year-old bourbon cask from the Tasmania Distillery (the home of Sullivans Cove) that was distilled by Bill Lark. Then we’ll move on to Release The Beast, a decadent cask from Lark Distillery bottled soon after MW.

Both of these expressions have achieved mythical status for keen drinkers and collectors, and one of them remains in the top three Australian whiskies ever tasted by The Oak Barrel’s resident whisky buyer.

We’ll then move into some award-winners that were released in very limited quantities. There were only ever 100 bottles of The Good Convict and they were all gone before a man-in-a-hat called it the Best Southern Hemisphere Whisky in a 2016 Whisky Bible. Then we’ll try the winter edition of the ‘Sullivans Cove-meets-Lark’ Any Port In A Storm release.

To make things even, Any Port In A Storm was named Best Southern Hemisphere Whisky in a 2017 Whisky Bible.

Tickets are strictly limited (we’ve got 500ml bottles, this is definitely one night only) and this tasting is part of the Sydney Whisky Fair Masterclass series, which allows us to host some truly awesome nights of whisky in the lead up to this year’s Sydney Whisky Fair.

What we’ll be trying:

Heartwood Mt Wellington 62.4% (Tasmania Distillery, bottled 2011)
Heartwood Release The Beast 65.4% (Lark Distillery, bottled 2012)
Heartwood The Good Convict 71.3% (Tasmania Distillery, bottled 2015)
Heartwood Any Port In A Storm Winter Edition 69.9% (95% Tasmania Distillery 5% Lark Distillery, bottled 2015)
Plus whatever Tim decides to bring up with him!

WHAT: Heartwood: Making Stuff Up As We Go Along
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 23 August, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $130 / Non-Members $150
TICKETS: SOLD OUT (Email scott@oakbarrel.com.au for wait list) 

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Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, so please make sure to check your dates before booking. Whiskies subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


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A cask strength, single cask, ex-port cask from Tasmania’s much-loved Overeem whisky will be released as an exclusive expression at this year’s Sydney Whisky Fair.

As we move to within one month of the event, we are delighted to confirm the release, which is the first Fair exclusive for 2017.

GRAB IT HERE!

It’s something of a full circle for the event, as The Oak Barrel bottled an ex-port cask Overeem as one of its first ever Australian Whisky Fair exclusives back in 2013. In that case, a 20 litre port cask was matured in store and offered in 200ml bottles.

This time the cask we’ve selected, OHD-110, was a 100-litre port cask and will be offered in Overeem’s elegant 700ml bottles.

Years of supply issues (read: zero stocks) have kept Overeem away from Sydney Whisky Fair, but we’re beyond excited to have them return in 2017. Particularly in such a significant way.

The Overeem distillery began as a hobby for owner Casey Overeem, who commissioned a Hobart-made Knapp Lewer copper pot still and placed it in his garage. Some people put cars in their garage, other people put bars. Casey put a distillery.

Production started in 2007, with Casey filling 100 litre ex-port and ex-sherry casks. These came to maturation after five or six years, on average, and became one of Australia’s most cult-loved whiskies. They even made it across to the UK, where they were received rapturously.

Part of the initial Aussie whisky push, when Lark’s Bill Lark, Limeburners’ Cameron Syme, Bakery Hill’s David Baker and Sullivans Cove’s Patrick Maguire were telling the story Australian single malt whisky, Casey and daughter Jane Overeem became much loved fixtures on the Australian whisky scene.

A tough slog initially (“We make whisky in Australia?”) it was soon to be in a post-international award recognition world that demand for Overeem would quickly outstrip supply. Any period of time in the past that Casey decided to take some time off for a holiday was suddenly felt half a decade on, when both sherry and port cask expressions were unavailable for over a year respectively.

In January 2014 Casey sold the Overeem business to Lark, the distillery his gold mate and Australian whisky Godfather Bill Lark had established, although the stills remained in his shed at the end of the driveway at their family home.

After a period of planning and hand-over, the stills have now been moved and Overeem is now well-and-truly a sister brand to Lark. Excitingly for drinkers, the slow trickle of releases has started again.

After robust negotiations (read: begging on our behalf) Overeem agreed to sell us the full cask of OHD-110 and bottle it at 60%. An ex-port cask, it yielded 120 (and three quarters) bottles. It has been labelled OBWF-2017 and the bottles are individually numbered from 1 to 120.

OHD-110 was distilled on or about 6 May 2011 and settled 2 May 2017, making it just three days shy of six years old and right in that five-to-six year window of when Overeem expressions shine. We understand that this was distilled by Casey Overeem himself.

The Oak Barrel are offering an exclusive pre-sale to members who wish to secure a bottle, as a thank you to their loyal support over the years.

Bottles are now available to pre-purchase for $275 each, a discounted price for the pre-sale and the Fair itself.

Only a percentage of the actual allocation will be available for purchase prior to the Fair.

Head here to secure your bottle, which will be available for collection or dispatch the week of the Fair, which is week commencing Monday 21 August.

THE FACTS:

WHAT: Overeem Ex-Port Single Cask Bottled Exclusively For Whisky Fair 2017

SPECS: Cask OHD-110 labelled as OBWF-2017. Bottled at 60%, 120 bottles.

PRICE: Pre-sale price of $275 each.

AVAILABLE: For collection/dispatch last week of August.

WHERE: Click here.

 

 

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Sullivans Cove: that Tasmanian whisky, the one that one that award and that has become so hard to find.

It took Patrick Maguire years of toil to become an overnight success. After joining the distillery in 1999 and taking control in 2003, Maguire has – more than most – seen the highs and lows of the modern Australian whisky scene first hand.

Certainly, 2014 was a monumental year for the small Hobart distillery and the wider Australian community when their French Oak Port Cask expression was voted the World’s Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards. But 2017 may serve to be an even more pivotal period for the distillery.

Casks distilled at the ‘new’ Sullivans Cove Distillery are starting to come online (TDXXXX named barrels are beginning to replace the old HHXXXX casks) and experiments laid down in the past decade are coming to fruition.

What a better opportunity, then, to take a good hard look at (and drink of) the future of Australia’s most famous whisky distillery as part of our Sydney Whisky Fair masterclass series. That driving force, Patrick Maguire, will travel up from Tasmania for an evening tasting at The Oak Barrel – the latest in his many visits to our Cellar Room.

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Earlier this year Sullivans Cove released Special Cask, a single French Oak cask (barrel TD0202) which was previously used to mature Australian chardonnay. It was the distillery’s first new release in over a decade and sold out quite promptly, despite a $750 retail price which may have put it out of a few price ranges.

We’ve secured a Special Cask to crack open with Patrick, but we’re not stopping there.

Keeping with the theme of looking forward, rather than backwards, we’ll also be sampling something so secretive that we can’t tell you what it is, because we honestly don’t know.

It will be a pre-release of another ‘special’ cask (whether it’s called Special Cask or not we’ll have to wait and see) and may be at a slightly higher ABV than their usual releases. What we do know is that it will be Sullivan’s next limited release and we’ll be trying it before it hits the market at this event.

The third element of our looking forward will be a sampling of the distillery’s current new make – the DNA that will shape the style of Sullvans Cove Distillery for the next five, ten, 15 years.

Combine them with the current releases of their core range – the Double Cask, American Oak and French Oak – and we’ve got an evening that’s sure to be something very special.

Tickets are strictly limited (definitely one night only) and this tasting is part of the Sydney Whisky Fair Masterclass series, which allows us to host some truly awesome nights of whisky in the lead up to this year’s Sydney Whisky Fair.

What we’ll be tasting:

Sullivans Cove Double Cask
Sullivans Cove American Oak
Sullivans Cove French Oak
Sullivans Cove Special Cask
Sullivans Cove new make (not available for purchase)
Sullivans Cove Pre-Release Sample (details revealed on the night)

WHAT: The Future Of Sullivans Cove With Patrick Maguire
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Tuesday 15 August, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $75 / Non-Members $85
TICKETS: The handful of final tickets will be issued via ballot. Please email scott@oakbarrel.com.au with ‘Sullivans Cove Masterclass’ in the subject line and your Oak Barrel member details. You will be notified if successful.

New Whiskies In Store

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Photos From 2016’s Whisky Fair

Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, so please make sure to check your dates before booking. Whiskies subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


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As part of a whirlwind visit to Australia and New Zealand, Alex Bruce – Managing Director of independent whisky bottler Adelphi and their distillery Ardnamurchan – will be returning to the Oak Barrel for a masterclass tasting.

Bruce is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable persons about Scotch whisky to have ever graced our Cellar Room, so we’re delighted to welcome him back. He’ll regale us with stories from Adelphi and the distilleries they work with, and Ardnamurchan, which already has a cult status despite not yet having a whisky on the market.

(The release of their very first ‘spirit’ sold out in mere hours.)

On the night we will go through a selection of the Adelphi range, tasting single cask releases that have been sourced and selected by Bruce and Adelphi collaborator, industry icon Charles Maclean.

We’ll also sample a couple of Adelphi ‘creations’, the staples that underpin the bottler’s worldwide reputation.

Full line-up of bottles to be confirmed in the coming days, but join us this July for an evening of pure Scotch whisky fascination.

Tickets are strictly limited and this tasting is part of the Sydney Whisky Fair Masterclass series, which allows us to host some truly awesome nights of whisky in the lead up to this year’s Sydney Whisky Fair.

What we’ll be tasting:

Adelphi Glenborrodale Batch 3
Adelphi Liddesdale (21-Year-Old Bunnahabhain) Batch 10
Adelphi Breath Of Speyside
(new!)
Adelphi Glover Batch 4 (Scotch – Japanese single malt hybrid)

Plus expressions from:
Bowmore
Laphroaig

WHAT: Adelphi Whisky Masterclass With Alex Bruce
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Monday 24 July, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $35 / Non-Members $45
TICKETS: SOLD OUT

New Whiskies In Store

Whisky Fair Masterclasses

Photos From 2016’s Whisky Fair

Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, so please make sure to check your dates before booking. Whiskies subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


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It’s quite remarkable that such a little island is famous for producing whiskies of such force.

For as long as single malts have been consumed, Scotland’s Islay – a small Island in the Inner Hebrides with a population of about 3,000 – has been synonymous with heavily peated, smoky whiskies.

Once you’ve been to Islay it’s an experience that you’ll never forget, but also one you’re reminded constantly of every time you open a single malt raised on that cold, wind-swept landscape.

port askaig-in-storyWith the mercury dropping, it’s evident that The Oak Barrel is overdue for a smoky whisky masterclass, and we’ve just the theme for this July.

A whole range of new expressions from Port Askaig – from an 8-year-old right up to a 30-year-old – have landed in Australia. So we’re going to open them in a parallel tasting for a full on evening of peat, smoke, brine and fire.

Port Askaig is a tiny port village on the east coast of Islay. With a hotel, a dock and not a lot else – there is one obvious thing missing from the town: A distillery.

The Port Askaig whiskies are an independent bottling label from London’s The Whisky Exchange, one of the biggest single malt whisky institutions in the world. The label bottles single malts sourced from around the island, without disclosing their source.

Port Askaig have almost certainly bottled whiskies from a number of different distilleries over the years so it will be fascinating to (attempt to) discern where these have been sourced from in this sit-down masterclass tasting.

What we do know is that these are quintessential Islays – big and robust at youth and delicate and autumnal with age.

To top it off, we’re delighted to be welcoming one of Australia’s most entertaining and most knowledgeable whisky experts back to The Oak Barrel. Mr James Buntin has spent the past few years playing whisky ambassador throughout the UK, but has been lured back to the colonies. We’re really going to enjoy having that big, booming Scottish accent in our cellar room once more.

Tickets are strictly limited and this tasting is part of the Sydney Whisky Fair Masterclass series, which allows us to host some truly awesome nights of whisky in the lead up to this year’s Sydney Whisky Fair.

We’ll be trying the following:

Port Askaig 8-Year-Old 45.8%
Port Askaig 15-Year-Old Sherry Cask 45.8%
Port Askaig 19-Year-Old 50.4%
Port Askaig 30-Year-Old 45.8% (2015 Release)
Port Askaig 100 Proof 57.1%

Also, from the Elements Of Islay series…

Elements Of Islay Peat Pure Islay Blended Malt 45%
Elements Of Islay Peat Full Proof Blended Malt 59.3%

WHAT: Smoky Whisky Islay Masterclass With Port Askaig
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Tuesday 25 July, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $45 / Non-Members $55
TICKETS: SOLD OUT

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Photos From 2016’s Whisky Fair

Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, so please make sure to check your dates before booking. Whiskies subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


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The final release of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair 2017 is open, with the final pre-sale window for Oak Barrel members live.

The remaining tickets will be offered to the general public from 11am Thursday 29 June.

Please head here for all the details regarding tickets and sessions.

One of Australia’s best loved whisky festivals, tickets have been selling at record speed as we return to Australia Hall first the first time since 2014. The venue is located above The Oak Barrel bottle store at Sydney’s CBD.

In other news, The Oak Barrel is proud to announce that we’ve been recognised by the Icons Of Whisky Australia awards as a finalists for Best Single Outlet and Best Online Retailer.

We have already announced a number of distilleries from Australia and the world who will be showcasing at this year’s event.

More will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

New Whiskies In Store

Whisky Fair Masterclasses

Photos From 2016’s Whisky Fair

Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, so please make sure to check your dates before booking. Whiskies subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


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The first release of tickets to the Sydney Whisky Fair have sold out!

Less than 48 hours after the Oak Barrel members pre-sale began and 24 hours after tickets went on sale to the general public, the first allocation – over 50 percent of the total capacity – has been exhausted.

Thanks for another record-breaking response to this year’s event, we can’t wait to share more news of what we have in store for 2017.

The remainder of tickets to this year’s event will be released in the second – and final – release of tickets in a week’s time.

Oak Barrel members will once again get an exclusive pre-sale, from 1pm Wednesday 28 June.

Any remaining tickets will be opened to the public from 11am Thursday 29 June.

We have also confirmed our next Whisky Fair Masterclass, to be held in the lead-up to the event, with Glenfarclas’ Ian McWilliam coming out from Scotland to open a 1966 vintage (and others).

We’ve also teased another couple of Australian whisky masterclasses over at the masterclasses page here.

So set your diaries – and tell your whisky companions to get ready – because once next week’s second allocation of tickets sell out there’s no more space left!

In the meantime, hopefully we’ll see you this weekend at The Oak Barrel’s Sydney Craft Beer & Cider Fair. The Sydney Wine Fair takes place in July.

New Whiskies In Store

Whisky Fair Masterclasses

Photos From 2016’s Whisky Fair

Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, so please make sure to check your dates before booking. Whiskies subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


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This July The Oak Barrel will be hosting a very special Glenfarclas whisky masterclass, which for many of us will include some one-in-a-lifetime whiskies.

Joined by distillery stalwart Ian McWilliam, we’ll be cracking single casks and vintages from 1987 all the way through to 1966.

The Oak Barrel has long been a lover of Glenfarclas whiskies – you may remember we bottled our own exclusive release a few years back – and our businesses are similar in more ways than one. Both have very proud histories (the Grant family bought Glenfarclas in 1865, The Oak Barrel was founded in 1959) and remain fiercely independent and family owned.

The bottle is worth around $2,500 in itself.

Most importantly, whenever we celebrate Glenfarclas in our Cellar Room we tend to have a lot of fun together. (Anyone remember last year’s marathon masterclass?)

Ian McWilliam has long been an integral part of Glenfarclas, having started with the family business in 1991 (he’s been there over 26 years now to save you the math). McWilliam grew up in the region near the distillery and he joined their team shortly after finishing school as Assistant Head Warehouseman.

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McWilliam spent 14 years on the production floor, helping craft the whiskies that are being bottled today, before he moved into the sales side of the business. His intimate knowledge and experience with Glenfarclas makes him one of the most highly regarded, and entertaining, whisky presenters in all of Scotland.

With McWilliam bringing across a couple of bottles from their legendary Family Cask, single cask series, The Oak Barrel will also be digging into the archives to present a 1977 vintage and the stunning 1966 Fino Cask. The latter was matured in oak which previously held the exclusive Fino strain of sherry and the bottle is worth around $2,500 in itself.

This evening of guiltily good whisky is part of the Sydney Whisky Fair Masterclass series, which allows us to host some truly awesome nights of whisky in the lead up to this year’s Sydney Whisky Fair.

We’ll be trying:

Glenfarclas 21-Year-Old
Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d Family Reserve
Glenfarclas 1987 Family Cask
Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask
Glenfarclas 1977 Family Cask
Glenfarclas 1966 Fino Cask

WHAT: Glenfarclas Whisky Masterclass With Ian McWilliam
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 19 July, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $75 / Non-Members $85
TICKETS: SOLD OUT

New Whiskies In Store

Whisky Fair Masterclasses

Photos From 2016’s Whisky Fair

Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, so please make sure to check your dates before booking. Whiskies subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


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The Oak Barrel is delighted to confirm that this year’s Sydney Whisky Fair will be returning to the historic Australia Hall for the first time since 2014.

With the first release of tickets set to go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 20 June at 1pm), we’ve locked in the Hall – located directly above The Oak Barrel – for the August 25/26 event.

While we love the intimate nature of our Cellar Room and warehousing space, which has been the primary venue for Whisky Fair since its inception, Australia Hall gives us the opportunity to have a more open, spacious event.

It also gives us the opportunity to invite more exhibitors!


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Sydney Whisky Fair is no stranger to Australia Hall and the event was most recently held there in 2014 (see picture).

The Hall is in the same building as The Oak Barrel, on level one. Entry and exit to the event will still be through The Oak Barrel bottle store.

Located at 150-152 Elizabeth St, the structure in which the Oak Barrel is located was built in the early 1910s, with Australia Hall added in the 1920s. An important building in Sydney’s history, it has long been a meeting place for diverse groups of Sydney’s communities – from indigenous Australians to German migrants, Christian societies and Greek Cypriots clubs.

Australia Hall is listed on the National Heritage List.

We’re proud to continue the Australia Hall tradition of bringing people together to learn, discover and laugh with Sydney Whisky Fair 2017.

Tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair will go on sale to Oak Barrel members Wednesday 21 June. Click here for info.

There will be three sessions to Sydney Whisky Fair 2017, with members tickets costing $90 and guest tickets $110 – a freeze in pricing from 2o16.

Session 1: Friday 25 August, 5.30pm-8.30pm
Session 2: Saturday 26 August, 1pm-4pm
Session 3: Saturday 26 August, 6pm-9pm

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Photos From 2016’s Whisky Fair