Archie Rose Bush Gin
A limited-edition release from Sydney’s Archie Rose distillery, this grounded, herbal gin is inspired by the Australian bush.
Part one of a two-part series, key botanicals like waxflower, pink peppercorn, wild farmer’s friend and thyme build the eucalypt notes present here.
Bottled at 40% and just 8,300 bottles released in total.$115.00
Brutal De Jean Marc Les Vin Pirouette 2016
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested with a triage in the vines, destemmed, and fermented with indigenous yeast and zero sulfur. The varieties are vinified separately, and spend about 18 days macerating on the skins, producing a nice orange/pink color. Elevage on the fine lees for 11 months in traditional large Alsatian foudre and bottled with zero addition of sulfur. The wine is blended a day before being bottled, Unfined and unfiltered.$64.95
Comte De Lamaestre 1967 Bas Armagnac
An excellent 1967 vintage from Delord’s Comte de Lamaestre label.
This currently 1967 is a favourite of The Oak Barrel staff, and it provides excellent value for 50-year-old spirit. The world was a very different place when these grapes were harvested and distilled in 1967.
We’ve long-admired this vintage for retaining its sweet freshness. The nose is almost grassy and the palate has excellent structure. There’s evidence of the age on the finish, with a slight tannin. One to contemplate a long day with.
Comte de Lamaestre is a label of the Delord house, whose distillery is in the village of Lannepax. Delord’s vineyards grown colombard, ugni blanc and folle blanche grapes and they distil through alembic stills from November through to the end of December. The vintage of an Armagnac is determined by the grape harvest, so if distillation was to spill into the following year by a day or a so it would still take the year of harvest as its vintage.
Delord has a large and consistent range of vintages and they provide a fantastic window into how Armagnac ages. One of the great joys in life involves a lengthy parallel tasting of Delord vintages.$299.00
Heiwa Shuzo Tsuruume Yuzushu
A very addictive, refreshing Yuzushu from Heiwa.
Yuzushu is a citrus-driven 'limoncello-style' drink from Japan made from the yuzu citrus fruit.
This Heiwa expression is made with yuzu juice and one-year-old junmai sake at a 1:1 ratio, which is a higher ratio of fruit juice than the typical.
Beautifully fresh and aromatic, it’s clean and citrusy on the palate with refreshing acidity and tartness.
The fruit for this is sourced from Wakayama and is juiced with the peel to bring our both the sweet and bitter elements.
Perfect for summer heatwaves and a huge favourite of Oak Barrel staff. Amazing over ice.$69.00
Lucy M Pet Nat Pinot Gris 2018
A light sparking pink wine from pinot gris. The gris is from soils on black schist and goes directly into bottle near the end of primary ferment. It is disgorged and has a light sparks and pretty persimmon characters.$34.95
Mountain Goat Legend Of The Goat 7.6% 640ml
With the look and feel of the Legend Of The Goat packaging inspired by the Zelda franchise. The beer itself is a double IPA brewed with Italian blonde orange juice – the second orange IPA in recent times, following Pulped Fiction, one of the trophy-winning beers mentioned above. Using a Triforce of Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy hops, which the Goat brewers say are three of their all time favourites, it’s a beer filled with potent citrus aromas and flavours that exist where orange meets mandarin. Offering support are passionfruit and pawpaw, all lined up against a bitter backdrop.$14.95
Plantation Guyana 2005 Vintage Rum
A powerful single vintage rum from Guyana, bottled by Plantation.
This has been distilled from raw cane syrup – which is rare for Plantation – although it carries the robustness of many of its molasses-based peers.
Distilled in 2005 through a pot still, it was fermented for a week prior. It then spent seven years maturing in an ex-bourbon cask in Guyana, before it was transferred to a Pierre Ferrand ex-cognac cask for two years in France.
Renowned American spirits journalist Paul Pacult provides the tasting notes for this expression, writing, “I like the toastiness of the initial aroma as well as the saline/see breeze quality of it; secondary whiffs pick up faint hints of dried sage, new leather, dried flowers, sea salt, dark caramel.
“Entry is lusciously sweet, honeyed, brown sugar-like, intense; mid-palate turns spicy, tangy, rich in texture, more bittersweet than sweet, beany (cocoa). Extra-long finish, a touch grapy/raisiny, dark chocolate-like.”
We largely agree, but would like to add a delightful grassy and earthy straw note on the finish.
In 1989 the Maison Ferrand cognac house was taken over by Alexandre Gabriel, who planned to return one of the region’s oldest spirit brands to the height of its powers. Starting with cognac and then moving into other fine spirits, Gabriel scoured the Caribbean throughout the 1990s in source of rum.
From those trips the Plantation brand was born. Rums are transferred to France, where they undergo final maturations in a variety of casks.$129.00
To OI Ms Scarlet IPA 6.0% 500ml
Ms Scarlet – an India Pale Ale on 6% brewed with tomato, celery, chili and black pepper. Label artwork by Kasper Ledet business as usual.$14.95