You’re Invited: Scotch via Asia

We would love for you to join us at our last dram session of the year at the famed backroom of the Oak Barrel on Friday, 24 November 2017.

We will be going on hiatus with a blast by sharing whiskies we have acquired during recent trips from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Here’s the line up so far (15 ml serves):

Coilltean Samaroli Samaroli Islay 43%

Mr. Bleve composed this blend specifically for Shinanoya in Japan. I expect nothing short of quality just like the Islay blends bottled by Coilltean in recent years.

The Oceans Glen Keith 21 Years Old 57.2%

Exclusively bottled for Whisk-e Limited in Japan, I have had a couple of sublime fruit bombs from Glen Keith lately so I will be looking forward to trying this one.

Cragganmore Aged 27 Years 48.7%

A joint bottling for the Mash Tun Tokyo and Club Qing, selected by the guys whose palate I respect. And it’s a 27 year old Cragganmore..

Arran 19 Years Old Cask #1093 52.3%

Suzuki San selected this Arran to celebrate the 12th anniversary for his bar, I look forward to opening this to celebrate our last session of the year.

Club Qing Speyside Region Aged 40 Years 52.8%

An undisclosed and unknown Speyside malt selected by Club Qing. Elegance exuded.

Bunnahabhain Aged 27 Years 49.1%

The Auld Alliance team selected an absolutely marvellous cask here.

Please inbox us for cost info and to reserve your seat, we hope to see you then!

P.S. As we are tasting quite a few whiskies at the session, many of them at cask strength, please do not drive to the venue, thank you.

Dram well and be thankful.

-Nicholas

You’re Invited: Not a Masterclass

Thanks to Mr. Fitzsimons and the rest of the Oak Barrel team for once again hosting our whisky sharing session, this one will be on Friday, 20 October 2017.

No theme for the evening, there will just be whiskies I want to try myself.  A little single cask omakase if you will, here’s the line up:

Arran Private Cask Cask No. 2005/037 Specially Selected by La Maison Du Whisky 57.8%
By all accounts from our Singaporean friend, this is the textbook definition of “Sherry Bomb” as selected by the famed French house.

Signatory Vintage Highland Park 1988 Cask No. 1235 58.4%
An older “dumpy” bottle from the bygone era, it will be interesting to experience what whisky nerds were drinking 15 years ago.

Coilltean Samaroli 1995 Tormore Cask No. 20261 45%
A single cask from a lesser known distillery bottled by the Italian independent bottler. This cask was bottled exclusively for the Hong Kong connoisseurs.

BenRiach Limited Release 1993 Claret Finish Cask No. 7937 54.3%
A single cask bottling from the Speyside workhorse. The cask has been finished in Claret cask.

Signatory Vintage Glen Elgin 1990 Cask No. 7881 50.6%
A really underrated Speyside distillery in my opinion. This interpretation from Signatory Vintage should be quite true to the distillery’s characters and its Speyside roots.

SMWS 4.208 Highland Park “Triggers the Imagination” 53.8%
A 23 year old Highland Park I brought back from Scotland a couple of years ago.  I have been meaning to crack it for some time now, the Society tasting notes indicate that this will be a fruit bomb.
Serves are 15ml each.

Please inbox us at whisknick@gmail.com for cost info and to reserve your seat, we hope to see you then!

P.S. As we are tasting quite a few whiskies at the session, many of them at cask strength, please do not drive to the venue, thank you.

Dram well and be thankful.

-Nicholas

You’re Invited: Coming to Australia

Once again, we will be hosting the upcoming sharing session at the Oak Barrel on Friday, 8 September 2017 with the help of Mr. Fitzsimons and the rest of the team. I can think of no better place to share these Australian whiskies I have been meaning to try with all my fellow Australian whisky lovers.

The line up for the night consists of seven bottles, two of them will be announced closer to the event but I can confirm they are both from Tasmania, one from an established distillery and another from a new comer; the last bottle will be unveiled on the night.

Here’re the rest of the line up:

Limeburners Port Cask Barrel M142 43.0%
A delicious non-cask-strength single cask from one of the best distilleries in Australia in my opinion. I believe this showcases a different side of Australian whiskies.

Starward New World Projects Distillery Only Single Cask 48.0%
Starward has grown rapidly over the last few years. Matured in a 200 litre first fill Apera cask, we will be fortunate enough to taste this bottling here in Sydney.

Fleurieu Whisky Kisses 55.0%
A new comer based in South Australia, the Whisky Kisses will be their third and upcoming release.

Black Gate 520s 67.0%
In my opinion, this is the finest expression the Mendooran based distillery has released to date.

Serves are 15ml each.

Please inbox us at whisknick@gmail.com for cost info and to reserve your seat, we hope to see you then!

P.S. As we are tasting quite a few whiskies at the session, many of them at cask strength, please do not drive to the venue, thank you.

Dram well and be thankful.

-Nicholas