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Laphroaig Whisky Masterclass: The Age Statements (Second Date Announced!)

07/04/2017

It’s one of the most famous names in Scotch whisky and one of the most recognisable aromas in the whisky universe.

Due to unprecedented demand, we have added a second and final night for this massive tasting! See below for details!

This May The Oak Barrel will be hosting a Laphroaig masterclass, showcasing some of their oldest expressions currently on the market. Located on the famed Islay in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, the seaside distillery is renowned for its intense coastal and smoky aromas of bushfire, brine and iodine.

To host this evening we’re roping in renowned whisky charger and Beam Suntory’s national whisky guru Dan Woolley. He’s returning to The Oak Barrel in a blaze of peated whisky glory before he heads over to Laphroaig to work at the distillery at the personal invitation of distillery manager John Campbell.

As well as being a champion and regular visitor of Laphroaig, Woolley is one of Australia's best known and most recognisable whisky authorities. 

We’ll be going through the distillery’s five classic age statements, starting with the veritable 10-year-old. From there we move into the limited edition 15-year-old bottled for the 200th anniversary of the distillery and the now-discontinued 18-year-old (stocks of both we’ve been holding onto for this event). From there we move into the forceful maturity of the 25-year-old, which is valued around $700, and the sublime restrained complexity of the new 30-year-old, valued at $2,000.

On top of that some we’ll sample two of their peatiest ever expressions with the Quarter Cask and Lore, and there might even be a further surprise or two along the way.

Founded in 1815, Laphroaig is now the most famous peated whisky in the world and one of the very few distilleries left that has its own malting floors to produce a portion of its malted barley needs.

A little bit of Islay is coming to The Oak Barrel this May and seats on the ferry are very limited.

We’ll be trying:

Laphroaig 10-Year-Old
Laphroaig 15-Year-Old
(200th anniversary release)
Laphroaig 18-Year-Old
Laphroaig 25-Year-Old
Laphroaig 30-Year-Old

We’ll follow those five with two non-age whiskies; the one that started it all, Quarter Cask, and their most recent beast, Lore.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Laphroaig Lore

SECOND DATE ANNOUNCED:

WHAT: Laphroaig Whisky Masterclass With Dan Wooley
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Thursday 4 May, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $65 / Guest $75
TICKETS: SOLD OUT

FIRST DATE SOLD OUT:

WHAT: Laphroaig Whisky Masterclass With Dan Wooley
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 3 May, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $65 / Guest $75
TICKETS: SOLD OUT

Tickets are not transferrable and non-refundable. Format of night subject to change without notice due to unforseen circumstances.

Scott Fitzsimons