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  • $349.00
    $314.10
    Chichibu 'On The Way' Single Malt 2015 Release

    Chichibu 'On The Way' Single Malt 2015 Release

    The 2015 release of Chichibu ‘On The Way’ series, a showcase of the exciting Japanese distillery’s progress from their 2008 formation.

    The distillery is owned by Ichiro Akuto, who was responsible for a lot of the modern releases from the closed Hanyu distillery before those stocks dried up. His involvement and the quality of their young whiskies have given their releases cult-like status.

    The 2015 Release of On The Way had an outturn of 10,700 bottles. It is non-chill filtered, natural colour and cask strength 55.5%.

    We have a very small allocation, understandably since Chichibu releases are difficult to find – even in Japan. 

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  • $149.00
    $134.10
    Martin Miller's 9 Moons Gin

    Martin Miller's 9 Moons Gin

    A limited edition gin from England’s Martin Miller’s which has been matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks.

    The famous gin house continued their association with Iceland for this release, with the nine-month maturation taking place in the northern country.

    Vanilla and spice emerge from the oak on top of the classic crisp juniper and citrus of the classic gin.

    It has been cut to 40% with Icelandic spring water.

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  • $255.00
    $229.50
    Tomatin 1997 Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt

    Tomatin 1997 Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt

    A 1997 vintage Tomatin bottled by historic independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail.

    Previously regarded as a blender’s workhorse, the reputation of single malts from the distillery has grown exponentially in recent years.

    The Connoisseur’s Choice expression was a highlight of the Gordon & MacPhail masterclass held at The Oak Barrel in late 2016. Tasted up against some more ‘high profile’ drams, this poised expression was something of a sleeper hit.

    A very well balanced highlander, it has been matured in refill ex-bourbon casks, which have let the spirit form without impacting it too dramatically. It has been bottled at 46%.

    Gordon & MacPhail is Scotland’s oldest independent bottler and their Connoisseur’s Choice series is designed to showcase under-represented distilleries in a single malt spotlight.

    Tasting notes:

    Nose: Sweet vanilla with banana, pineapple, and lime aromas. A delicate floral edge develops. With water, initially floral with violets, followed by hints of green pear and ripe banana. Soft tobacco notes are detected.

    Palate: Sweet and creamy with ripe banana, orange zest, and milk chocolate flavours. With water, sweet with ripe banana and mango flavours. A delicate tobacco edge develops, complementing a lingering milk chocolate finish.

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  • $299.00
    $269.10
    GlenDronach 2003 Single Cask For Sansibar

    GlenDronach 2003 Single Cask For Sansibar

    A single cask GlenDronach bottled for German bar/restaurant Sansibar as a 12-year-old.

    Distilled 1 August 2003 this matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon #4630 before it was bottled November 2015. There are 375 bottles in the outturn.

    The PX cask has made this quite a thick whisky, perfumed with liquorice, anise and black jellybeans.

    Sansibar is a famous restaurant located on Sylt Island, between the German and Danish coasts. A retreat or 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.

    Official Tasting Notes:

    Nose: Golden sultanas and roasted apples combine with a drizzle of vanilla-infused golden syrup and a warm, white-pepper spice.

    Palate: Vibrant bursts of orange oil and toasted oak marry with sweet raisins, sultanas and a beautiful barley sugar back note. Hints of cedar word warm the classic highland character.

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  • $215.00
    $193.50
    Sansibar Speyside 6-Year-Old Single Cask

    Sansibar Speyside 6-Year-Old Single Cask

    A 6-year-old single cask, cask strength ex-sherry cask matured whisky from the Speyside region of Scotland.

    This has been bottled by the German bar/restaurant Sansibar, and although the distillery is not disclosed there is a strong suggestion it is from a family-owned distillery near Ballindalloch.

    Sansibar is a famous restaurant located on Sylt Island, between the German and Danish coasts. A retreat or 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.

    220 bottles produced.

    Oak Barrel Tasting Notes:

    Nose: Wherever it hails from, this must’ve been some active cask. It starts slightly dusty but the sherry influence comes through in waves, with soft fruit and jumpy spice.

    Palate: Juicy and rugged, not overly clean, but quite jammy. More fruity with a dash water, dried berries.

    Finish: A good length, touch of gun smoke amongst the stewed fruits.

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  • $209.00
    $188.10
    Macduff Sansibar 8-Year-Old Single Cask

    Macduff Sansibar 8-Year-Old Single Cask

    An 8-year-old single cask from the Macduff distillery, in the Scottish highlands.

    A distillery primarily used to create stock for blends, there are a few single malts on the market under the Glen Deveron – or straight Deveron – name, but the name does appear on a few independent bottled expressions.

    This has been bottled by the German bar/restaurant Sansibar, and showcases the soft, floral side of the distillery’s five stills.

    It starts perfumed, with dried flowers, vanilla and then the aromas of a walk through a typical English garden – roses, lavender and all sorts.

    The palate is very soft, quite sweet, remaining delicately floral. The finish is moderate, but this about being easy drinking. Top shelf stuff at a young age.

    300 bottles produced.

    Sansibar is a famous restaurant located on Sylt Island, between the German and Danish coasts. A retreat or 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. 

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  • $275.00
    $247.50
    Sansibar Islay Malt 8-Year-Old Single Cak

    Sansibar Islay Malt 8-Year-Old Single Cak

    An 8-year-old single cask, cask strength whisky from the famed Islay island of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides.

    This has been bottled by the German bar/restaurant Sansibar, and although the distillery is not disclosed there is a strong suggestion it is from a distillery located on the A846 between the towns of Ardbeg and Laphroaig.

    The style is quintessentially Islay, but not in the style that we often see in Australia. The smoke is restrained and mellow, that compsure a hallmark of the great European bottlers.

    The palate is gentle, soft smoke lingering across herbal, floral notes.

    Eight years might seem young, but this feels like it was bottled at the right moment – very well balanced. Quite delectable.

    Sansibar is a famous restaurant located on Sylt Island, between the German and Danish coasts. A retreat or 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. 

    330 bottles produced.

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  • $209.00
    $188.10
    Ledaig 9-Year-Old 'Melbourne' Single Cask

    Ledaig 9-Year-Old 'Melbourne' Single Cask

    An Australian exclusive 9-year-old single cask from Ledaig, the peated label of the Isle Of Mull’s Tobermoray distillery, bottled by Germany independent bottler The Whisky Agency.

    Dubbed the ‘Melbourne’ for its label artwork depicting Flinders Street Station, this has been selected by Aussie importer Casa De Vinos.

    Bottled at 53% with natural colour and no chill filtration.

    A classic coal-fire driven, dirty, smoky whisky from the distillery. There seems to be a reason most indie bottlers are releasing their expressions ten-years-old and younger.

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  • $79.00
    $71.10
    Bruxo Mezcal Espadin No. 1

    Bruxo Mezcal Espadin No. 1

    A tasty, approachable mescal from the Oaxaca region of Mexico.

    Produced in the village of San Dioniso Ocotepec, this has been distilled from 100% espadin agave. Everything is hand milled (no donkey-power here) and they have a very small output.

    Bottled at 40%, this is a great starting point for a mescal journey – the often under-appreciated sibling of tequila.

    There’s liquorice on the nose, with roasted and smoky notes coming through. Fruit and floral notes on the soft palate.

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  • $249.00
    $224.10
    Ben Nevis 17-Year-Old 'Sydney' Single Cask

    Ben Nevis 17-Year-Old 'Sydney' Single Cask

    An Australian exclusive 17-year-old single cask from Ben Nevis, bottled by Germany independent bottler The Whisky Agency.

    Dubbed the ‘Sydney’ for its label artwork depicting the Sydney Opera House, this has been selected by Aussie importer Casa De Vinos.

    Bottled at 50.9% with natural colour and no chill filtration, this has spent 17 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead.

    Highland distillery Ben Nevis is notable for thick, oily palates but this is one of the mildest expressions we’ve tasted.

    Nose: Classic dusty chocolate – almost raw cocoa beans – of Ben Nevis is present, but it flows off quick and becomes quite floral. Very soft, with self-raising flour mixed with cut grass.

    Palate: Very mellow, enticing. Rich malt, the cask hasn’t been too active here, with a hint of distant spice. Lingering vanilla on the finish.

    Comment: Unusual, but we’ve fallen in love with this quite quickly. Under-appreciated distillery really showing its versatility. 

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  • $125.00
    $112.50
    Wolfburn Aurora Sherry Cask Single Malt

    Wolfburn Aurora Sherry Cask Single Malt

    The second expression from new northern Scotland distillery Wolfburn – the Aurora has been matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

    Long fermentations and slow distillations have coaxed a lot of flavour out of their spirit at a very young age. The Aurora showcases more dried fruits and nuttiness than the first release single malt.

    In distillery manager Shane Fraser’s own words: “On the nose you’ll sense a sherry sweetness accompanied by dried fruits and malt. On the palate there’s a warmth imparted from the sherry cask, augmented by autumn fruits and nutty flavours, with a hint of spice in the background.

    Wolfburn is located in Thurso and was originally founded in 1821. Details are scarce but its production is believed to have been intermittent at best and likely non-existent during the period from 1850s-1870s. 

    Reduced to ruins, a private company revealed plans to rebuilt the distillery in 2012 and spirit ran off the stills at Wolfburn once again in January 2013 after some 150-odd years of silence.

    The rebirth of Wolfburn has been guided largely by Shane Fraser. Prior to Wolfburn he was the production manager at one of whisky’s most famous independent distilleries Glenfarclas. He also spent time at Oban and Royal Lochnagar and his name now adorns every Wolfburn bottle.

    Also at the distillery is Iain Kerr, who’s previously worked at Glenlivet, Balmenach and Allt a Bhainne.

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  • $1499.00
    $1349.10
    Karuizawa Spirit Of Asama 55% Version

    Karuizawa Spirit Of Asama 55% Version

    The 55% version of Karuizawa’s Spirit Of Asama single malt, assembled from the closed distillery’s 1999 and 2000 vintages.

    An exclusive to London’s The Whisky Exchange and some of the last stock we saw, this was vatted from approximately 77 casks. Not as sherry-driven as some of the other expressions, this is a more naked expression of what Karuizawa whisky tasted like without dominant cask interaction.

    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.

    After a lengthy search, The Oak Barrel – one of Sydney’s oldest bottle shops and home to the renowned annual Sydney Whisky Fair – is delighted to be able to offer a range of Karuizawa expressions for sale.

    We will likely never see nine separate Karuizawa expressions on the shelf together again and we’ve only one bottle of each to sell. 

     

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