An Evening With Baker Williams Distillery


The latest in our ‘An Evening With’ series of local Australian distillers is something close to our heart and literally close to The Oak Barrel. Based in Mudgee, in our state’s gorgeous Central West Nathan Williams of the Baker Williams Distillery will be presenting whisky, gin, wildcards and more in an extensive, exhaustive tasting evening.

After successful appearances at our Sydney Craft Spirits Fair in the previous two year, the release of their very first whisky this year – The Lachlan – has prompted this masterclass dedicated to the distillery. Mudgee is renowned as a small-but-awarded wine region, with over 40 family-owned cellar door set ups. Hidden away behind one of them is a very special cellar door, home to the region’s only distillery.

In their formative years Baker Williams – owned by wife-and-husband duo Helen Baker and Nathan Williams – took a scattergun approach to their products. Not allowing themselves to be boxed into a category, they’ve distilled whisky, gin, brandy, rum and vodka from the outset. From that they’ve also created a released a number of liqueurs which have gone from cellar door favourites to staples on our shelves here.

Welcoming Nathan into our tasting room here at The Oak Barrel, which he’s quite familiar with now, we’ll be going through the story behind the distillery, the successes and struggles of opening a small distillery in Australia and where they’re heading from here (hopefully there’ll be some barrel samples to explore that last idea).

Tickets are strictly limited and this will be one night only.

In the lead up to Sydney Whisky Fair 2018 The Oak Barrel will be hosting a number of ‘Fair Masterclasses’. These will provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with brands and distilleries, with plenty of time to mull over drams and ask plenty of questions. We run them as satellite events so you’re not drawn away from the tables during the main event and so you have plenty of time with each whisky without the allure of other shiny things!


What We’ll Be Drinking:

Baker Williams Lachlan Whisky Cask Strength
Baker Williams Lachlan Whisky 50%
Baker Williams Wildcard 50%
Baker Williams XLCR Gin
A selection of other Baker Williams products and cask samples

WHAT: An Evening With Baker Williams Distillery
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 1 August, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $25 / Non-Members $35