Tim Duckett’s Trails Through Tassie Tasting


It’s our latest and favourite Sydney Whisky Fair tradition and we’re glad to confirm that Heartwood’s Tim Duckett will return to The Oak Barrel for a Whisky Fair evening in 2018.

This year Tim will take us on his Trails Through Tasmania – or Tim’s Triple-T – as we take a wide-ranging look into the current state and future of Australia’s most internationally renowned whisky regions.

Duckett is one of Australia’s highest regarded whisky bottlers – and probably our first real indie bottler. The heart and mind behind the Heartwood series of whiskies and the newer Tasmanian Independent Bottlers series, Tim will return to the Oak Barrel cellar room to catch us up on the latest moves and shakes down south.


Picture by May Lawrence
Picture by May Lawrence at The Oak Barrel

The past few years have seen a change of ‘phases’ for Duckett, the old pre-award win casks that dominated the early Heartwood releases have dried up and new distilleries have come online.

Alongside new expressions from TIB and Heartwood, we’ll go through some experimental casks and new distillery work-in-progress drams that have never been tasted on the mainland before.

Naturally, we’ll dig into the Heartwood archive for something special to round the night out.

Extremely limited, and one night only, we’ll confirm the exact line-up in the coming weeks.

What we’ll be tasting:

Lawrenny Gin
Adams Slosh Cask Update
Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Old Kempton
Heartwood Shade Of Night

Heartwood Night Thief


New Make From A New Tassie Distillery
Peated New Make From A New Tassie Distillery
Something very special with Heartwood history
Something from the archives…

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: Tim Duckett’s Trails Through Tasmania Whisky Tasting
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 22 August, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $70 / Non-Members $80