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Yamazaki and Hakushu 18s Return, Let's Have A Masterclass!

17/11/2016

The long-absent 18-year-old expressions from Suntory’s two single malt distilleries – Hakushu and Yamazaki – are officially back in Australia. So we’re going to crack ‘em open.

Although they were never actually discontinued, they may has well have been in recent years due to their sparseness. Yesterday’s delivery marks the first time in many years that these expressions have been available through Suntory themselves – they haven’t had to come through the open marketplace.

The rich, resinous sherry cask driven Yamazaki 18 and the herbal, slightly smoky and zesty Hakushu 18 are now back in stock in reasonable quantities (read: that’s still very limited).

We’ve been able to build in a built of price relief for these two lines, compared to what they’ve been swapping hands for on the secondary market in recent years. That said, the days of picking these up for under $250 a pop are long gone, unfortunately. (We’ve also sourced a limited edition version of the 18, which you can see below.)

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These are all whiskies that have been out of reach for many of us recently so as we’re pleased to see them officially return to Australian shores, it’s a good opportunity to get them back into people’s mouths.

That’s why we’re also announcing a Japanese whisky masterclass of household drams for which it’s been too long between drinks.

We’ll be trying:

Yamazaki 18-Year-Old
Hakushu 18-Year-Old
Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015 Release
Yamazaki Limited Edition 2016 Release
Hibiki 21-Year-Old
Nikka Woody & Mellow Distillery Exclusive

It’ll happen Wednesday 18 January, 2017 here at The Oak Barrel, hosted by our whisky specialist.

WHAT: Japanese Whisky Masterclass
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 18 January 2017, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $85 / Non-Members $95
TICKETS: SOLD OUT

SECOND TASTING CONFIRMED AND ON SALE NOW:

WHAT: Japanese Whisky Masterclass
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: 
Thursday 19 January 2017, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: 
Members $85 / Non-Members $95
TICKETS: SOLD OUT

THIRD & FINAL CONFIRMED AND ON SALE NOW:

WHAT: Japanese Whisky Masterclass
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: 
Tuesday 24 January 2017, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: 
Members $85 / Non-Members $95
TICKETS: SOLD OUT

Ticket price includes entry and all tastings, guided by the masterclass host. We recommend travelling by public transport and arranging to eat before or after the event.

Scott Fitzsimons