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No Rules Indie Whisky Masterclass Round 2


Earlier this year we held a whisky masterclass dubbed “No Rules” – a voyage into the world of independent bottlers and distilleries freed from the shackles of official bottlings.

Featuring closed distilleries, whisky from 1960 and host of other expressions, it was such a success that we’re turning it into a series.

So, introducing No Rules: A Whisky Tasting Of Indie Bottlings (Round 2!).

To be held this November, once again we’ll be sourcing a range of independent bottlings from distilleries that don’t often get the single malt treatment and some expressions that go against the grain of what to expect from certain distilleries.

As is the nature of some of these expressions, stock is extremely limited. As such, we’ve announced the first four drams below, with two more to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

We can confirm two single cask expressions, however, which are 30 years old (or older) from Adelphi and The Artist Series, two of the world’s most lauded labels.

The tasting will be hosted by The Oak Barrel’s Scott Fitzsimons.

We expect a few of these whiskies to be above 50%, so please do not drive to this event. There is plenty of public transport around The Oak Barrel – there is a bus stop outside our front door on Elizabeth St and Museum Station is a 100 metre walk – so please make appropriate transport arrangements.

Confirmed whiskies:

Auchentoshan 1992 23-Year-Old bottled by Signatory Vintage (49.7%) RRP: $255
The famous triple-distilled Scotch, whose official bottlings focus on entry-level expressions. How does this premium single cask stand up?

Linkwood 1997 18-Year-Old bottled by Rest & Be Thankful (53.1%) RRP: $250
Wouldn’t be a tasting unless Fitzsimons can sneak a Linkwood in. One of the highlights of R&BT’s entry into the Australian market.

Teaninich 1983 32-Year-Old bottled by Adelphi (50.8%) RRP: $650
One of Scotland’s great undiscovered distilleries showcased in an extremely rare expression

Caol Ila 30-Year-Old bottled by Artist Series (50.5%) RRP: $1,000
Extraordinary Islay malt at an incredible age. Still holds a little bit of smoke, but the back-end complexity is amazing.

Also: Cask Strength expression from the Signatory Vintage outturn and a secret whisky to be revealed on the night.

WHAT: No Rules: A Whisky Tasting Of Indie Bottlings (Round 2!)
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Thursday 3 November, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $75 / Non-Members $90


*Line-up subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or stock levels. Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable.

Pictured: The highlands near Teaninich.

Scott Fitzsimons