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All I Want For Christmas Is Kilchoman Masterclass


'Tis always the season for whisky, but when the festive season comes knocking there's an added impetus. It's in this spirit that we're excited to announce a Kilchoman bonanza - a smoky whisky masterclass and swathe of gorgeous new smoky expressions in story.

1. Kilchoman Masterclass this December
2. Great pricing on new, old, rare, core Kilchoman expressions right now

If you’re not familiar with the story Kilchoman is the youngest distillery on Islay (excluding any planned ventures that haven’t been built yet).

Built in 2015, it was the first new distillery built on the famous whisky island in 125 years. Founder Anthony Wills endured all sorts of hardship (financial and emotional) in the early years but the hard yakka is paying off and 11 years down the track it is one of the most cult-adored distilleries in Scotland.

An annual capacity of just 125,000 litres (although that figure has grown and is growing) makes them one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries as well.

The most important factor about Kilchoman, though, is the taste – and their whiskies are delicious. From the standard Machir Bay expression all the way through to limited release offerings (Madeira cask, Sauternes cask, vintage releases, cask strength expressions) Kilchoman has an intoxicating peat reek, a connection to the farmyard-process and a power that belies its youthfulness.

A favourite of The Oak Barrel, we’ve held many masterclasses throughout the formation years of Kilchoman – but nothing as big as this.

To herald the release (or imminent arrival) of some brand-new expressions, we’ll be going through ten (read ‘em: ten) expressions in one massive December masterclass.

We’re also celebrating some pricing adjustments across the 2016 limited releases: they’ve dropped in price, (a rare and fantastic trick in the single malt world of 2016, we’re sure you’ll agree).

In an extensive, all-investigating, monster tasting we’ll be trying the following expressions:

Kilchoman Cask Sample #1
Kilchoman Cask Strength (new release)
Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th Release
Kilchoman 2008 Vintage
Kilchoman Machir Bay 
Kilchoman Sauternes Cask
Kilchoman Madiera Cask
Kilchoman Cask Sample #2
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2016
Kilchoman Sanaig

Please note – some of these expressions are pre-release, so there are very limited stocks in Australia. As a result we won’t be able to add another evening when this sells out!

Hosted by Johnny Raphael from importers Baranow’s and The Oak Barrel’s Scott Fitzsimons, it’s happening Wednesday 14 December. And with the price of tickets for Oak Barrel members, we reckon this – our final whisky masterclass of 2016 – might be the best value of the year.

WHAT: Kilchoman Smoky Whisky Masterclass
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
Wednesday 14 December 2016, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
Members $30 / Non-Members $40

To celebrate the arrival of these new limited editions, we’re also happy to offer a bunch of expressions (museum, new, core, otherwise) at some great prices. See the spreadsheet below for more information.

Scott Fitzsimons