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September Whisky Arrivals: Drams From The World



September’s a big month for whisky here at The Oak Barrel, and before we go any further we should alert you to the upcoming Glenfarclas Masterclass. Whispered about at the Sydney Whisky Fair recently, tickets are now on sale and will go very quickly. We’re cracking the new versions of the 30 and 40-year-olds, which are worth well over $2,000 combined. Not a bad deal for a $50 ticket price. Details here!

More immediately, we’ve just had a whole lot of whisky land on our doorstep. September’s new releases are quite exciting – if we do say so ourselves – with some brand new releases to The Oak Barrel (from Glenrothes, Aberlour, Kilchoman, Penderyn) and some rare back vintages and museum releases of outstanding calibre (Ardbeg, Talisker, Brora, Glenfarclas).

Perhaps the most notable element of September’s new releases is the diversity. We’ve whiskies from Scotland, America, Ireland, Wales, South Africa, Sweden and Denmark (although the latter’s not quite whisky yet).

Available online and in store now, many of these are in short supply. Click on a name for pictures and more information!


Aberlour 12 Non Chill-Filtered

12-year-old proudly non chill-filtered and at 48%.

Aberlour 16 Double Wood

Return of the critically-acclaimed 16 year old not often available in Aus.

Ardbeg 1998 Renaissance

Liquid history from the Islay distillery.

Brora 30 Year Old 2010 Release

Considered one of the best bottlings in recent times from this mythical closed distillery.

Finlaggan Cask Strength Single Malt

Awesome bang-for-buck peated whisky from undisclosed Islay distillery

Glen Elgin 12

House favourite – soft, supple and very tasty at a very good price.

Glenrothes Sherry Reserve

Matured in first-fill sherry casks.

Glenfarclas 1966 Fino Casks

Exquisite fino sherry matured single cask from whisky distilled 50 years ago (almost to date)

Kilchoman Sanaig

Brand new expression from Islay farm distillery mixing smoke with bourbon and sherry casks

Talisker 25 Year Old 2007 Release

Return of the 2007 release we fell in love with earlier this year, bottled at cask strength (before Talisker’s 47.5% era)


Johnny Drum

Tasty, smoky bourbon from the team behind Willett and brands like Noahs Mill and Rowans Creek.


Mackmyra Bruks

The classic Swedish single malt, catches a few by surprise with its delicate complexity.

Mackmyra Svensk Ek

Partly matured in native Swedish oak.


Midelton Barry Crockett

Return of this famous Irish pot still whiskey. Very classy

Redbreast 12

Classic pot still whiskey – a touchtone of the style and the country.

Redbreast 15

Bigger and thicker than the 12-year-old, not seen in Australia nearly as much as it should be.


Mikkeller White Dog

Un-aged whisky from cult Danish brewers.

Mikkeller Black Rum Cask

The world famous Mikkeller Black imperial stout distilled and aged in a rum cask.

Mikkeller Black Oloroso Cask

And in a oloroso sherry cask.

Mikkeller Black Bourbon Cask

…And in a American oak ex-Bourbon cask.


Penderyn Legend

Easy-drinking single malt finished in Madeira wine casks.

Penderyn Myth

Matured in ex-bourbon and ex-red wine casks. 

Penderyn Peated Single Malt

Medium-bodied peated whisky part matured in casks that previously held peated Scotch whisky.


Bain’s Cape


Armorik Dervenn Single Malt

First taste of the ‘next generation’ of whiskies from this Breton-based distillery.


Scott Fitzsimons