Rest & Be Thankful Single Cask Tasting


Introduced as some of the mist striking-looking bottles in Scotch whisky, last year we were please to discover that Rest & Be Thankful also had some of the most alluring whisky inside as well.

RBT is the single cask bottling arm of Fox Fitzgerald, one of the most respected sourcing and marketing companies in Scotch whisky. The brainchild of Eamon Jones and Aidan Smith, they worked with Bruichladdich on their famous rebrand and the early RBT casks were from that distillery’s stable – often with casks of Port Charlotte and Octomore who very few else could get their hands on.

Since then the label has evolved into a fully-fledged indie bottler, sourcing casks from brokers and distilleries at maturity that they deem worthy of the label.

Rest & be Thankful was the inscription on a stone place by soldiers at the top of Glen Croe in 1753; the climb through the valley is so long and steep that it as traditional for travellers to rest at this point for having completed the climb.

In their own words, “Rest & Be Thankful whisky company do not just bottle the finest rare single malt whiskies from the best distilleries; they bottle a state of mind that allows the drinker to experience the same feeling of bliss and contentment felt by those weary travellers all those years ago.”

The Oak Barrel will be hosting a tasting dedicated to these single casks for the first time this coming August, in the lead up to Sydney Whisky Fair. A tasting hosting by The Oak Barrel and importers Baranows, we’ve hand-chosen some of our favourite 2018 releases and mixed them in with a few from the archive.

In the list is one of the best Tomintoul’s we’ve ever experienced, a 22-year-old Tormore (pictured above), a rare appearance from the Allt-a-Bhainne distillery and a scorching wine cask Octomore.

In the lead up to the sold-out 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:

Tomintoul 1995 22-Year-Old
Tormore 1995 22-Year-Old
Arran 1996 18-Year-Old
Allt-a-Bhainne 1995 21-Year-Old
Ledaig 1997 19-Year-Old
Octomore 2009 6-Year-Old (Pauillac Cask)

Plus another surprise from a previous outturn…

WHAT: Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Tasting
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Tuesday 14 August, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $45 / Non-Members $55