Archie Rose Gin
A crisp, clean and remarkably well-balanced gin from the Archie Rose distillery, located 15 minutes from Sydney's CBD in Rosebery.
Distilling gin, vodka and whisky, this gin is one of their flagship products while the whisky is maturing.
Easily one of the most versatile Australian gins on the market and a great entry point for craft gins. Blood lime, pepperleaf, river mint and lemon myrtle are all in botanicals.
Each botanical is distilled separately.
Tasting notes from the distillery:
Nose: Balanced, complex and multifaceted. Initial aromas of pine forest and green peppercorn subside to allow lemon balm, violet and freeze-dried raspberries to come to the fore. Earthy tones develop along with the scent of carrot cake and spiced nuts, accents of musk and an assortment of flowers.
Palate: Weighted with a velvety texture, the nose is carried through with summer orchard fruits, freshly mown grass and honey-drizzled ginger cake.
Finish: Spiced oranges, lemon verbena and spearmint linger on the tongue along with subtle herbal pepper notes.$79.95
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
A single grain whisky distilled by Nikka in the unique Coffey-style column still.
Nikka has two Coffey stills (named so for its inventor Aeneas Coffey) which they imported in 1963 and sit in the Miyagikyo distillery.
Used primarily for Nikka's blended whisky, this is a delicious example of the soft, fruity grain distillate. A direct import by The Oak Barrel.
Distilled mainly from corn.$189.00
Hyde 10 Year Old No.1 Presidents Cask Sherry Finish
A ten-year-old single malt Irish whiskey distilled at the Cooley distillery and bottled by Hyde.
Named the best Irish single malt whisky at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirit Competition, this has been matured in 250-litre ex-bourbon barrels before finished for six-to-eight months in 250-litre toasted ex-Oloroso sherry hogsheads. The sherry casks are sourced from Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, in Spain's south.
The malt is prominent on the nose and palate mixed in with delicate sherry influences and a shot of coffee on the palate. Wet earth and a dampness appear on the finish, which also has those delicate sherry highlights.
Limited to 6,000 bottles and non-chill filtered.
Crafted by Hibernia Distillers, the whiskey takes its name from Douglas Hyde - the first President of Ireland from 1938-1945.
Tasting notes from the bottlers:
Nose: Delightful peaches and cream, vanilla, barley malt softness, with citrus, sweet, honey, caramel, chocolate, orange, lemon, banana and infused with spices.
Palate: Wonderfully smooth yet complex, creamy yet fruity with notes of caramel and Manuka honey, apricot, plum and a silky malt texture.
Finish: Rich, spicy and oaky.$165.00
EXPRESS FROM THE UK
The latest premium release from Islay distillery Laphroaig. Already 1 per customer in some outlets around the world.
Entering as the Laphroaig 18 is gradually phased out, Lore has been crafted from a range of whiskies in the distillery's warehouses. With the oldest vintage being from 1993 (up to 23 years old) there is also double-matured stock - some of it first-fill sherry casks - and a mixture of American and European oak..
Remembering that Laphroaig were the team that redifned what a non-age-statement whisky could taste like with the launch of the Quarter Cask, expect intense robust flavour from the Lore.
Tasting notes by Laphroaig's John Campbell:
Nose: Rich and smoky with seaside minerals with a hint of ash and bitter chocolate drops. Vanilla follows with oily unroasted chestnuts and a hint of fudge with a malty sweetness. A drop of water adds a creamy clotted cream note with fruit appearing in the form of unripe citrus in a flan glaze.
Palate: Richly peaty with a spicy chilli bite.
Finish: Short dry finish and a long sweet aftertaste.$259.00
Boon Oude Geuze Black Label 7%
We chose this particular old Geuze us "driest" beer, Lambic 1.2 and 3 years with an apparent attenuation of almost 100%, despite the "dry" flavor everything is in balance due to the quality of the old lambics.$32.95
Golden Ball Shiraz 2003Sale!
We are big fans of Golden Ball here at the Oak Barrel. We stock multiple vintages dating back to the first wines produced. The Oak Barrel ‘s own Dr Downie was amongst the very first to discover this exciting estate and has been promoting their cause ever since. Golden Ball’s wines manage to balance ripe fruit with an elegant structure and we are more than happy to recommend these wines here at the Oak Barrel.
These rare back vintages have been carefully cellared and are at the peak of their drinking. The wines are elegant and smooth with earthy, brambly aromas supported by spice and red fruit. This is a classic aged Shiraz from this cult producer.$49.95
Jauma 'Sand On Schist' Chenin Blanc 2015
Chenin blanc was planted originally to produce white port style wines and is a little drop of historical, gold in the McLaren Vale. It used to bottled and released as ‘Tokay’. These wines on Sylvestro Genovese’s block were planted in the early 1940s vines in 3-5m of white beach sand interspersed with schist and quartz over heavy water holding clay. 'James Erskine'$36.95
Young Henrys DZ Deathrays Pils N Thrills 5.3%
Young Henrys jams with Brisbane post-punks DZ Deathrays, on a sessionable Czech pilsner. No gimmicks here, just a stripped back classic, compact malt bill and a surprisingly hoppy palm to the nose. The DZ Deathrays pils is a clean tasting beer with a dry finish, from first to last glass. Brewed to be enjoyed fast, fun and loud.$11.00