Things You Can’t Miss

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We’re one sleep away from opening night of Sydney Whisky Fair, so hopefully you’ve been planning your whisky strategy for the big dance.

You can see the list of confirmed whiskies here (we might add a few overnight as well) and we’ve provided a digital version of the program below. Please note, those prices will be available in store Friday and Saturday only. We believe they’re some of the best prices on whiskies you’ll see anywhere in Australia. (They’ll be on display at the front of the store, you don’t need a ticket to come and have a look through them.)

To make sure you get the most out of the event, we’ve quickly put together some of the things we’re looking forward to most. It’s be no means an exhaustive list of the excellent drams on pour, but we’ve noted some of the new releases and world debuts for the Fair.

Armorik

From France with smoke

This French distillery’s brand new expression – Triagoz – makes its debut, the first time we’ve seen a peated expression from them.

Belgrove

One of the great innovators (and storytellers)

We welcome Peter ‘Hollywood’ Bignell back to The Oak Barrel, one of the icons of the scene. Put time aside to try his Release The Beast cask – a rye whisky in a legendary cask previously used by Heartwood.

Black Gate

The peat is unleashed

Locals and Oak Barrel favourites Black Gate – from NSW’s Greater West – will be debuting their brand new peated expression at Fair. We’ve had other distillers tell us they’ve “shook their heads in admiration” when trying recent progress reports of this release.

Fleurieu

They’ve made it to Sydney

One of the most talked about new distilleries in Australia, Angela and Gareth Andrews make their first Sydney appearance. Watch out for Bogart & Bacall – might be the last time you get to try this release.

GlenAllachie

Australian debut of Billy Walker’s new plaything

When Billy Walker and co. sold out of BenRiach/GlenDronach/Glenglassaugh he went and took over Speyside’s GlenAllachie. Ever since then the rarely-seen distillery has been watched with great anticipation, if he can do have of what he did with the aforementioned three we’re in for something special. Tasting bottles of the range have been express flown over to make their Australian debut at Sydney Whisky Fair.

Lark

An Aussie icon returns

We’ve very excited to have Lark back at Fair, complete with our own Fair exclusive bottling and a drop-in from the Godfather – Bill Lark – himself!

North Star

A favourite indie bottler with some crazy creations

Brand new shipment from North Star has landed for Fair, with a incredible 4-year-old blended Campbeltown. Super young, but what a representation of the style! Also, try the Spica before it sells out. Because it will.

Old Kempton

A new dawn

We’ve been prying Old Kempton (formerly Redlands) distillery for years to get our hands on their juice (they relented earlier this year). Making their Oak Barrel debut after spending their formative years focusing on Tasmania, it’s worth your while swinging by Old Kempton.

SMWS/Hidden Spirits

Single cask city

The world’s best know whisky club – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society – are back at The Oak Barrel after half a decade. Usually reserved for members only, we’re very lucky to have a selection of their single cask expressions for taste. Go and experience and remember to bring your membership card if you’re in the club. If you’re not, what are you waiting for? Just next to them might be some releases from Italy’s Hidden Spirits and Japan’s Acorn. Early call, but a certain Ben Nevis might emerge a Fair favourite…

Starward

A bourbon cask full of hype

It caused more than a stir upon its release and near-instant sell-out, but we’ve secured a small amount of Starward’s brand new bourbon-cask Projects release. Industry icon and founder David Vitale is flying up to tell the story.

Tamnavulin

20 years we’ve been waiting!

A classic ‘60s-built, but very rarely seen distillery, the new Double Cask from Tamnavulin has landed in Australia. It is the first time in over 20 years that the distillery has released an official single malt – and this is sitting sub-$80 a bottle.

Timboon

G’Day Shagger

Another of our Fair exclusives this year, if you’re tastebuds are starting to feel the strain a bit pop over to see owner and distiller Josh Walker. At 69.7%, Shagger’s Reserve will wake them up.

There’s heaps more to try – flick through the program below!