The Future Of Sullivans Cove Masterclass


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.


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 with ‘Sullivans Cove Masterclass’ in the subject line and your Oak Barrel member details. You will be notified if successful.

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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.