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North Star Whisky Tasting With Iain Croucher


The Oak Barrel will be welcoming the man behind one of the whisky industry’s most exciting new bottlers this March with Iain Croucher, Director of North Star Spirits.

Based out of Glasgow, North Star have been bottling whiskies, gins, rums, bourbons and fortifieds – always cask strength, no chill filtration. For this tasting we’ll be focusing on their Scotch whiskies line-up, which so far have seen some exceptional – and sometimes challenging – expressions.

Croucher cut his teeth in the Glasgow – and then wider UK – bar scene before he ended up working for renowned whisky brokers and bottlers AD Rattray.

From there North Star came to life in April 2016. It quickly, but quietly, began appearing on Australian shelves, but this will be the first time Iain will be down under to really show off his babies.

With a mantra of “if it’s good, we’ll bottle it”, we’ll not only be tasting some delicious whiskies but take a look ‘behind the curtains’ at the Scottish industry and the ebbs and flow of supply.

Tickets are strictly limited and this can only be a one night event.

It will coincide with the release of the new expressions, from North Star’s third series of bottlings.

We’ll be trying:

Benrinnes 10-Year-Old PX Finish
Glenturret 8-Year-Old Refill Ex-Bourbon
Bruichladdich 15-Year-Old French Oak
Cambus 24-Year-Old Refill PX Butt

Orkney 17-Year-Old PX Finish (Undisclosed distillery)
Islay 12-Year-Old Refill Hogshead (Undisclosed distillery)

WHAT: North Star Whisky With Iain Croucher
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Tuesday 13 March, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $50 / Non-Members $60

Scott Fitzsimons