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Signatory Vintage Whisky Masterclass With Laura Hay


The Oak Barrel prides itself on being a place where friends new and old come together and so we’re looking forward to catching up with friends old and new at a whisky masterclass with Signatory Vintage.

One of our favourite independent bottlers, we’re following up 2016’s successful launch party with a new range of seven expressions to go through (maybe this is becoming an annual tradition?).

This time the tasting will be hosted by the one-and-only Laura Hay, perhaps with some ‘expert’ comments from the back seats by The Oak Barrel’s Scott Fitzsimons.

A born-and-bread Scotswoman who’s grown up with whisky in her veins, since moving to Australia Laura has become one of the country’s most knowledgeable and entertaining voices in whisky. Having worked with plenty of independents right up to the biggest brands (both Glenlivet and Glenfiddich have fought to have her on their books) she’s now working with the famous independent bottlers Signatory Vintage.

A long-time friend of The Oak Barrel who’s always welcomed into our tasting room (hosting, drinking or both), she’ll be back this May with a bag-full of new expressions.

Signatory Vintage launched in Australia (finally) last year and we’ve since had a couple of shipments of whiskies of all shapes and sizes from them. Providing a fantastic window into aged variants of whisky distilleries we don’t often see as single malts and un-touched variations of distilleries we do, they’re also one of the most affordable bottlers on the shelf.

For this tasting Laura is bringing expressions from Tormore, a distillery almost anonymous as a single malt, an Inchmurrin from the versatile Loch Lomond distillery, a 20-year-old from cult-loved Clynelish, a single cask Glen Elgin matured for a quarter of a century, a cask strength expression from the long-closed Cambus grain distillery, plus 1989 vintages from Islay’s Bunnahabhain and Jura’s Jura Distillery (the latter is heavily peated).

Tickets are strictly limited, but the fun on the night will be strictly unlimited.

What we’ll be tasting:

Tormore 1995 21-Year-Old 43%
Inchmurchin (Loch Lomond) 1996 18-Year-Old 43%
Clynelish 1995 20-Year-Old 43%
Glen Elgin 1990 25-Year-Old 50.6%
Cambus 1991 24-Year-Old 51.9%
Bunnahabhain 1989 26-Year-Old 47.7%
Jura 1989 26-Year-Old 59%

WHAT: Signatory Vintage Masterclass With Laura Hay
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Monday 22 May, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $45 / Guest $55

Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, so please make sure to check your dates before booking. Whiskies subject to change without notice due to unforeseen cincumstances.

Scott Fitzsimons