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American Whiskey Tasting With Sam Snead


We’re cracking out the bourbons this September in a tasting night dedicated to American whiskey.

We’ll be welcoming renowned American whiskey guru and friend Sam Snead into the Oak Barrel during his whirlwind Sydney visit. Originally, from Montana Snead is now ubiquitous in the New Zealand whisk(e)y scene, having set up his House Of Whiskey in Auckland.

Snead is a special guest at the inaugural Whiskey! The Show event, which is happening Saturday 22 September at the Sir Stamford in Circular Quay. Whiskey! The Show is an event dedicated to American whiskey styles – bourbons, ryes and everything else.

With Snead in town on Friday, we thought it would be rude not to put on a night for him, so we’ll be doing just that Friday 21 September.

We’ll be pouring a range of American whiskeys that are not normally seen in Australia – or if they are, very rarely. Going across bourbon, rye and wheat styles, most of these will be brought over by Sam himself.

Tickets are limited and we’re certainly restricted to one night only.

What we’ll be trying:

Breckenridge Distillers High Proof Blend 52.5%
Bernheim Original 7-Year-Old Small Batch Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey 45%
Black Maple Hill Oregon Straight Rye Whiskey 47.5%
Maker's Mark Private Select Rob Samuels Bourbon 55.9%
Woodford Reserve Master Collection Barrel Proof 65.25%

WHAT: American Whiskey Tasting With Sam Snead
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney
WHEN: Friday 21 September, doors open 6pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $30 / Guest $40

Scott Fitzsimons