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  • $93.00
    $83.70
    Melbourne Moonshine Single Cask 3

    Melbourne Moonshine Single Cask 3

    A 19-month aged moonshine by the folks at Melbourne Moonshine.

    Straddling the line between a moonshine and a whisky, this is Cask #3 from their inner-city warehouse of aging ‘shine.

    Cask 3 has been matured for 19 months in an ex-port cask.

    A lovely spirit driven corn-based drink, this has strong vanilla and oak notes. It's thick and has a good finish.

    Gloriously, Moonshine is not bound by the amount of regulations that surround categories like whisky and rum so we can expect some fantastic results driven by flavour rather than expectation.

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  • $229.00
    Glenrothes 1997 Oak Barrel Exclusive (Members Pre-Sale)

    Glenrothes 1997 Oak Barrel Exclusive (Members Pre-Sale)

    A 1997 vintage from the Speyside Glenrothes distillery bottled by The Oak Barrel for Sydney Whisky Fair 2017.

    Matured in a sherry cask, this was bottled in 2017 with natural colour and un-chill filtered. It is offered at cask strength 51.7%.

    There are 60 hand-numbered bottles in the outturn.

    A spirit of the highest quality, Glenrothes’ history is defined by its use by blenders. A key element of Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark throughout its history, the spirit has been in wide demand by blenders across Scotland.

    Since the turn of the millennium, however, Glenrothes has become a powerful force in the single malt world with their grenade-shaped bottles and vintages-over-age statements approach and a proliferation of independent bottlings has followed.

    Built in 1878 in the heart of Speyside, the inspiration for Glenrothes came from a consortium of businessmen who had recently acquired the thriving Macallan distillery. A time of economic downturn, the distillery was nonetheless built and with a few management restructures came to life. In 1887, when it was known as Glen Rothes-Glenlivet, merged with Islay’s Bunnahabhain to form the historic Highland Distilleries Company.

    Glenrothes has enjoyed a relatively charmed life (apart from the odd fire) since and it underwent significant expansion through the 1960s to late 1980s. The distillery’s late arrival to the single malt game can be put down, in part, for it being a victim of its own success, the blenders were demanding everything they produced.

    The modern spirit from Glenrothes is sweet, but quite rich and the weight is evident in lengthy maturations, whereby a creamy mouthfeel is often the house style. The spirit sings in sherry casks, the richness balancing out fruits and drawing out elegance from the oak.

    There’s no second guessing where our 1997 grew up – if the colour doesn’t give the sherry cask away, the nose will. Plum fruits and floral blossoms, it’s polished but with a bit of a mean streak. The mean streak grows quickly, it’s dirty and brash. A run of gun smoke, a flourish of preserved jam. The palate is cleaner, with ground nutmeg spice and a bit of oak influence. Finish shows its age, not as jumpy as it once was but not quite ready to enter old age yet. The burnt matches subside with time and that fruit returns to the fore. Fruit at the start, fruit at the end, pure grit in the middle.

    Please Note: This item will be available for collection/dispatch the first week of September. 

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  • $229.00
    Ben Nevis 1997 Oak Barrel Exclusive (Members Pre-Sale)

    Ben Nevis 1997 Oak Barrel Exclusive (Members Pre-Sale)

    A 1997 vintage from the Highland Ben Nevis distillery bottled by The Oak Barrel for Sydney Whisky Fair 2017.

    This was bottled in 2017 with natural colour and un-chill filtered. It is offered at cask strength 48.6%.

    There are 60 hand-numbered bottles in the outturn.

    Ben Nevis is one of the more traditional distilleries in Scotland and is often regarded as a “whisky drinkers’ whisky”.

    The distillery was built in Fort William in 1825 by ‘Long’ John Macdonald. An early success in the hands of his son Peter, Long John’s Dew Of Ben Nevis became a sought after blend (which is still available under the name Nevis Dew). A second distillery – Nevis – was built to keep up with supply and with its own cottages for workers employed around 200 people at its peak. Nevis was closed in 1908 when the whisky boom crashed, but the original Ben Nevis survived.

    After a period of intermittent production during the ‘70s and ‘80s, a tough period for whisky distilleries in general across Scotland, the distillery was bought by the Japanese company Nikka in 1989. Fifty percent of the distillery’s new make is shipped to Japan for maturation and eventual use in Nikka’s blends.

    Pleasingly, the Japanese ownership has left Ben Nevis to their own techniques and the distillery continues in its own traditional methods. Ben Nevis still uses wooden washbacks and brewers yeast. They’re understood to be the last distillery in Scotland to still use the latter, distillers yeasts have been developed for higher yield and stainless steel washbacks are the norm.

    They employ a slow distillation to coax out plenty of fruit whilst keeping structure and five of their six warehouses are the traditional dunnage style. The 50 percent of spirit that remains in Scotland is used for the Nevis Dew and Macdolands Of Glencoe blends and their own single malts.

    Our 1997 carries some hallmarks of the distillery, with an enticing and intriguing nose of coal dust and cut herbs. The longer its open the more it showcases, melted toffee, machine oil, turned earth – you probably wouldn’t call it pretty, but there’s more than a few stories here. The palate is sweet, with sharp little jumps of oak and mineral. Granite pulls through on the finish with more of that oil, sweaty fudge and some spirity malt to round it off and give length. Tastes like whisky, not by design but by character.

    Please Note: This item will be available for collection/dispatch the first week of September. 

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  • $1100.00
    $990.00
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society G12.1 (Nikka Coffey Malt)

    Scotch Malt Whisky Society G12.1 (Nikka Coffey Malt)

    A virtually unheard of independent bottling of Nikka Coffey Malt from by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

    A single cask bottled at cask strength, this was distilled 6 March 2003 and matured for 11 years in a recharged hogshead.

    Dubbed ‘Oh So Sweet’ the Society, which keeps distillery names off their bottles, describe this as such:

    “Aromas of apple puree and coconut milt with a fresh oak backbone. Musky notes floated along while rich, dark and heady sugar grew stronger. Powerful vanilla and banana sang out whilst a curious coconut and peach smoothie was whizzed up in the background.”

    Nikka – one of Japan’s ‘big two’ whisky players – has two Coffey column stills (named so for its inventor Aeneas Coffey) which they imported from Scotland in 1963 and sit in the Miyagikyo distillery. Usually used for grain whiskies, the column stills give a unique, soft extraction of flavour for malt spirit.

    The SMWS is one of the world's best-known whisky organisations and they’ve been bottling single cask, cask strength, un-chill filtered, natural coloured whiskies for members around the world for over three decades.

    Casks are selected blind by a panel of tasters and the subsequent bottlings are numbered with a (semi) secret distillery code and a number for the release. For example, G12.1 is the 1st expression the Society released from distillery #G12, which is Nikka Coffey Malt. The ‘G’ denomination is given for grain-style distilleries.

    In almost all cases around the world, their releases are never made available for retail outside of the club’s own membership database.

    This offering is part of a special range of museum releases obtained by The Oak Barrel. They have come to the market via a verified private collector and we only have one bottle of each to sell over a short period of time.

    See other archive SMWS bottlings in store here.

    The bottles are available for viewing in store, while they last.

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  • $499.00
    $449.10
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 53.211 (Caol Ila)

    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 53.211 (Caol Ila)

    A 22-year-old single cask, cask strength expression from Islay’s Caol Ila distillery, bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

    Distilled 17 January 1992 this was matured for 22 years in refill ex-bourbon hogshead. It was bottled at 54.8% with just 264 bottles worldwide.

    Dubbed ‘…And It Is Goodbye To Care’ the Society, which keeps distillery names off their bottles, describe this as such:

    “Sweet aromas of lime cheese cake and caramel apple crisps next to salty seaweed and methol cigarettes. The taste, smoked peaches and sweet chilli sauce on sausages. With water there’s fried whitebait and calamari and the gentle flavour of singed heather and toasted marshmallows.”

    The SMWS is one of the world's best-known whisky organisations and they’ve been bottling single cask, cask strength, un-chill filtered, natural coloured whiskies for members around the world for over three decades.

    Casks are selected blind by a panel of tasters and the subsequent bottlings are numbered with a (semi) secret distillery code and a number for the release. For example, 53.211 is the 211th expression the Society released from distillery #53, which is Caol Ila

    In almost all cases around the world, their releases are never made available for retail outside of the club’s own membership database.

    This offering is part of a special range of museum releases obtained by The Oak Barrel. They have come to the market via a verified private collector and we only have one bottle of each to sell over a short period of time.

    See other archive SMWS bottlings in store here.

    The bottles are available for viewing in store, while they last.

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  • $1250.00
    $1125.00
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 120.8 (Hakushu)

    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 120.8 (Hakushu)

    An extremely rare heavily peated single cask, cask strength expression from Japan’s Hakushu distillery, bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

    Distilled in December 2000 this was matured for 13 years in a first fill bourbon hogshead. It was bottled at 63.1% with just 250 bottles worldwide.

    Dubbed ‘A Surge Of Sweet Peat’ the Society, which keeps distillery names off their bottles, describe this as such:

    “Salt and pepper cashews, smoked vanilla and pickled ginger with a wave of delicate incense. Roast pork, peppered mackerel and pungent peat smoke (also cloves, cinnamon, star anise). With water, the peat really surged, with caramelised (almost burnt) sugar. To finish, a moreish, salty, smoky tang.”

    Independent bottlings of Hakushu are incredibly rare and as such this is an utterly unique proposition.

    The SMWS is one of the world's best-known whisky organisations and they’ve been bottling single cask, cask strength, un-chill filtered, natural coloured whiskies for members around the world for over three decades.

    Casks are selected blind by a panel of tasters and the subsequent bottlings are numbered with a (semi) secret distillery code and a number for the release. For example, 120.8 is the 8th expression the Society released from distillery #120, which is Suntory’s Hakushu.

    In almost all cases around the world, their releases are never made available for retail outside of the club’s own membership database.

    This offering is part of a special range of museum releases obtained by The Oak Barrel. They have come to the market via a verified private collector and we only have one bottle of each to sell over a short period of time.

    See other archive SMWS bottlings in store here.

    The bottles are available for viewing in store, while they last.

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  • $449.00
    $404.10
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 127.39 (Port Charlotte - Bruichladdich)

    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 127.39 (Port Charlotte - Bruichladdich)

    A single cask peated Port Charlotte expression from Islay’s Bruichladdich distillery, bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

    Distilled 21 June 2002, this was matured for 11 years in a refill sherry butt before being bottled at 66.7% with just 579 bottles worldwide.

    It is also signed by the distillery’s then Master Distiller Jim McEwan.

    Dubbed ‘Intensely’ the Society, which keeps distillery names off their bottles, describe this as such:

    “The nose has tobacco leaf, dried fish, smoke, Germolene, soap in a coal scuttle, dark honey, bacon and caraway-flavoured rye bread. The palate suggests sea shells, oily mackerel, treacle, liquorice, Tabasco, toasted sesame seeds with honey and deep-fried Mars Bars. Wowee!”

    The SMWS is one of the world's best-known whisky organisations and they’ve been bottling single cask, cask strength, un-chill filtered, natural coloured whiskies for members around the world for over three decades.

    Casks are selected blind by a panel of tasters and the subsequent bottlings are numbered with a (semi) secret distillery code and a number for the release. For example, 127.39 is the 39th expression the Society released from distillery #127, which is Port Charlotte. (Although Port Charlotte is actually a brand of the Bruichladdich distillery, the namesake, PC and Octomore have their own numbers.)

    In almost all cases around the world, their releases are never made available for retail outside of the club’s own membership database.

    This offering is part of a special range of museum releases obtained by The Oak Barrel. They have come to the market via a verified private collector and we only have one bottle of each to sell over a short period of time.

    See other archive SMWS bottlings in store here.

    The bottles are available for viewing in store, while they last.

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  • $2750.00
    $2475.00
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 132.6 (Karuizawa)

    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 132.6 (Karuizawa)

    A ‘goes-without-saying’ painfully rare and sought after single cask expression from Japan’s mysterious, closed Karuizawa distillery, bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

    Distilled 31 December 2000, this was matured for 12 years in a refill sherry butt. It was bottled at 63% with just 533 bottles worldwide.

    One of the world’s most sought after distilleries, we offer this bottle in addition to our exclusive Karuizawa offering earlier this year – which is now completely exhausted.

    Dubbed ‘Nite Nurse Nipped By Piranhas’ the Society, which keeps distillery names off their bottles, describe this as such:

    “The complex nose combines salted caramel, barley sugars and ginger snaps with laurel hedges, lacquered wood, hazelnuts, cherries and cigarette packets (more herbal with water). The palate mingles dark chocolate and fig rolls with orange peel, perfume and warm nipping spices.”

    Built in 1955 on the slopes of the active Mount Asama volcano, Karuizawa was a relatively quiet player of the burgeoning Japanese whisky industry through the boom years. It is notable for being part of the Ocean whisky brand.

    With four small stills, Karuizawa imported the legendary Golden Promise barley from Scotland and often matured whisky in sherry casks – which proved to be invaluable over long maturations.

    Distilling ceased in 2000, the distillery was officially closed in 2011 when the UK-based Number One Drinks Company purchased all the remaining stocks. It’s from these stocks that the legend of Karuizawa has formed, through a number of single malt and single cask expressions that have showcased some remarkable flavours.

    As recently as 2010 it wouldn’t have been an unusual sight for whisky fans to be enjoying a Karuizawa amongst friends, but as word of the quality quickly spread the stocks seemed to vanish overnight. Now they are exhausted.

    The mythical nature of the distillery has seen it become the most highly sought after distillery at auctions, values surpassing even the Scottish heavyweights like Macallan and Port Ellen.

    In August 2015 a bottle of Karuizawa broke the record for the most expensive 700ml bottle of whisky ever sold at auction – a 1960 vintage went for HK$918,750, a touch over AUD$150,000.

    The SMWS is one of the world's best-known whisky organisations and they’ve been bottling single cask, cask strength, un-chill filtered, natural coloured whiskies for members around the world for over three decades.

    Casks are selected blind by a panel of tasters and the subsequent bottlings are numbered with a (semi) secret distillery code and a number for the release. For example, 132.6 is the 6th release the Society released from distillery #132, which is Karuizawa.

    In almost all cases around the world, their releases are never made available for retail outside of the club’s own membership database.

    This offering is part of a special range of museum releases obtained by The Oak Barrel. They have come to the market via a verified private collector and we only have one bottle of each to sell over a short period of time.

    See other archive SMWS bottlings in store here.

    The bottles are available for viewing in store, while they last.

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  • $1100.00
    $990.00
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 120.7 (Hakushu)

    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 120.7 (Hakushu)

    An extremely rare single cask, cask strength expression from Japan’s Hakushu distillery, bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

    Distilled in September 1999 this was matured for 14 years in first fill Bota Corta Spanish Oak. It was bottled at 55.5% with just 517 worldwide.

    Dubbed ‘Sweet, Fragrant And Satisfying’ the society, which keeps distillery names off their bottles, describe this as such:

    “The nose carries fragrant blossom and Pedro Ximinez as well as sweet rolling tobacco. Espresso with lots of brown sugar was replaced by coffee cream dark chocolates. To taste. We found kirsch cocktails with burnt orange skin, caraway seeds and teriyaki glaze. ‘It has everything!’”

    Independent bottlings of Hakushu are incredibly rare and as such this is an utterly unique proposition.

    The SMWS is one of the world's best-known whisky organisations and they’ve been bottling single cask, cask strength, un-chill filtered, natural coloured whiskies for members around the world for over three decades.

    Casks are selected blind by a panel of tasters and the subsequent bottlings are numbered with a (semi) secret distillery code and a number for the release. For example, 120.7 is the 7th release the Society released from distillery #120, which is Hakushu.

    In almost all cases around the world, their releases are never made available for retail outside of the club’s own membership database.

    This offering is part of a special range of museum releases obtained by The Oak Barrel. They have come to the market via a verified private collector and we only have two bottles of this to sell over a short period of time.

    See other archive SMWS bottlings in store here.

    The bottles are available for viewing in store, while they last.

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  • $1599.00
    $1439.10
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 119.14 (Yamazaki)

    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 119.14 (Yamazaki)

    An extremely rare single cask, cask strength expression from Japan’s famous Yamazaki distillery, bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

    Distilled in 2003 this was matured for 11 years in first fill Bota Corta Spanish Oak. Just 538 bottles worldwide.

    Aged stocks of any Yamazaki are incredibly rare, let alone at cask strength, and independent bottlings are absolutely unheard of in 2017.

    Dubbed ‘Raspberry Imperial Stout’ the society, which keeps distillery names off their bottles, describe this as such:

    “Deep notes of sherry trifle, black coffee and dark chocolate with cherry. Spicy fruits of the forest, Vimto, sweet earthy beetroot, and imperial stout with raspberry. Water brought ginger preserve, malt preserve, malt loaf, raspberry concentrate, chocolate prunes and Fisherman’s Friends to the fore. Very moreish…”

    The SMWS is one of the world's best-known whisky organisations and they’ve been bottling single cask, cask strength, un-chill filtered, natural coloured whiskies for members around the world for over three decades.

    Casks are selected blind by a panel of tasters and the subsequent bottlings are numbered with a (semi) secret distillery code and a number for the release. For example, 119.14 is the 14th release the Society released from distillery #119, which is Yamazaki.

    In almost all cases around the world, their releases are never made available for retail outside of the club’s own membership database.

    This offering is part of a special range of museum releases obtained by The Oak Barrel. They have come to the market via a verified private collector and we only have one bottle of each to sell over a short period of time.

    The bottles are available for viewing in store, while they last.

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  • $499.00
    $449.10
    Smith's Angaston Archive: 15-Year-Old Single Malt

    Smith's Angaston Archive: 15-Year-Old Single Malt

    An archive bottling from cult South Australian whisky producer Smith’s Angaston – their 2016 bottled 15-year-old.

    This was based upon a cask from their 2000 vintage, which after a 2012 cask sampling was decanted into three American oak tawny barrels for a three-and-a-half year finish.

    Bottled at 43% and released in 2016, the 428 bottles barely made retail shelves around the country with miniscule amounts offered outside of South Australia.

    Smith’s Angaston is one of Australia’s most fascinating distilleries. Samuel Smith & Son – famous wine producers and merchants – have a pot still, which was installed in 1931 and is believed to have made up part of a release they had from the ‘50s to ‘70s. The still was fired up very quietly and intermittently in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, which the resulting single malt released with ages ranging from seven-to-15-year-olds.

    Given the still has been quiet for a long time, any future stocks that may be maturing are largely hidden away and Smith’s themselves are very coy on when – or if – there will be any further releases.

    Initially flying considerably under the radar, recent expressions became cult items. The 15-year-old expression released in 2016 appeared in only a select few retailers around Australia and was largely sold via ballot (including at The Oak Barrel, where we drew lots after trying it at an Australian whisky event in our Cellar Room).

    This offering is part of a special range of museum releases obtained by The Oak Barrel. They have come to the market via a verified private collector and we only have one bottle of each to sell over a short period of time.

    The bottles are available for viewing in store, while they last.

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  • $499.00
    $449.10
    Smith's Angaston Archive: 14-Year-Old Single Malt

    Smith's Angaston Archive: 14-Year-Old Single Malt

    An archive bottling from cult South Australian whisky producer Smith’s Angaston – their 2014 bottled 14-year-old.

    This was based upon a cask from their 2000 vintage, which was topped up with whisky from distilling runs in 1997 and 1998. One of 560 bottles, it was bottled 2 December 2014 at 43.5%.

    Smith’s Angaston is one of Australia’s most fascinating distilleries. Samuel Smith & Son – famous wine producers and merchants – have a pot still, which was installed in 1931 and is believed to have made up part of a release they had from the ‘50s to ‘70s. The still was fired up very quietly and intermittently in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, which the resulting single malt released with ages ranging from seven-to-15-year-olds.

    Given the still has been quiet for a long time, any future stocks that may be maturing are largely hidden away and Smith’s themselves are very coy on when – or if – there will be any further releases.

    Initially flying considerably under the radar, recent expressions became cult items. The 15-year-old expression released in 2016 appeared in only a select few retailers around Australia and was largely sold via ballot (including at The Oak Barrel, where we drew lots after trying it at an Australian whisky event in our Cellar Room).

    This offering is part of a special range of museum releases obtained by The Oak Barrel. They have come to the market via a verified private collector and we only have one bottle of each to sell over a short period of time.

    The bottles are available for viewing in store, while they last.

    Read More 
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