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Whisky Agency and Sansibar: Indie Bottlers Masterclass


We love the weird and the wonderful here at The Oak Barrel and so whisky releases from independent bottlers – that is, casks acquired from distilleries and bottled by external companies – are right up our alley.

The indie bottling scene is booming now, not only offering whiskies that are sensational, obscure, rare, fascinating – or all of the above – but also great value for money.

Excitingly, two of Europe’s top bottlers have reached our shores, having not previously been available, with Germany’s The Whisky Agency and Sansibar arriving in a small but impressive fashion.

Sansibar is a famous restaurant/bar located on Sylt Island, between the German and Danish coasts. A retreat of worldwide acclaim, they bottle a range of Scotch whiskies and the odd rum for their in-house pouring. Every so often a handful of the releases escapes to the wider market. 

The Whisky Agency is a slightly more traditional set-up. Founded by German whisky enthusiasts, they source bottles from all over Scotland, put amazing labels on them and send them around the world (finally, Australia’s included in that!).

We’ll be trying three expressions from Sansibar and three from The Whisky Agency in the upcoming tasting, including two expressions bottled exclusively for Australia. The Oak Barrel’s Scott Fitzsimons will be joined by importer Casa De Vino’s Jose Dymenstein for the evening.

All six whiskies are cask strength. They include expressions from The Isle Of Mull’s heavily peated Ledaig, the rarely-seen Macduff an undisclosed Islay beast and cult favourite Ben Nevis. The bottles are valued at $200 and above each, approximately.

The line-up for the night boasts:

Sansibar Speyside Finest
Sansibar Glentauchers
Sansibar Macduff
The Whisky Agency Ledaig 9-Year-Old
The Whisky Agency Ben Nevis 17-Year-Old
The Whisky Agency "The Unknown" Islay 8 Year Old (collaboration with The Nectar)

WHAT: Whisky Masterclass With Whisky Agency & Sansibar
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 29 March, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $45 / Guest $55

Whiskies subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Scott Fitzsimons