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2021 is a special year for The Oak Barrel, one of the oldest independent bottle stores in Australia. Founded 1956, we celebrate our 65th anniversary – the Blue Sapphire milestone by some reckonings.

In the past 65 years The Oak Barrel sourced our favourite bottles from Australia and the world, wines, spirits and beers, sharing them with customers

Throughout the year we’ll continue to celebrate the finest Australia and the world has to offer, with 65 selections from our wine, spirits and beer experts – one for each year of existence.

They may be new releases, personal favourites, exclusives or purely exceptional drops. As we reveal them, we’ll list them below – with a quick line from the staff member who chose them.

For those of you who like a party – don’t fret – we’ll also be marking the celebrations with events later in the year, which are to be announced.

65 GREAT DRINKS FOR 2021

1. BOUTIQUE-Y ARDBEG 13-YEAR-OLD

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Whisky, January 2021 
"We were lucky enough to find a few cases of this Australian single cask, a brooding rich whisky from a distillery rarely seen by indies. A late-night sipper, for sure." - Scott Fitzsimons

2. BENRIACH 10-YEAR-OLD

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Whisky, January 2021
"We named BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 our 2020 Whisky of the Year, but with it all sold out we worked with the distillery to offer their veritable 10-year-old at $65 for member. Excellent value for an excellent whisky." 

3. COMING SOON

 

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The Oak Barrel is one of Sydney's oldest bottle shops. Founded in 1956, it has been independent family-owned ever since. Specialists in wine, beer, whisky and other spirits, The Oak Barrel was named ALIA Bottle Store Of The Year in 2016, 2017 and 2019, beating out major chain stores across Australia (it was not held in 2020). In 2018 the store was named Single Outlet Retailer Of The Year at the Australian Icons Of Whisky Awards. As well as a huge selection of products and expert staff, The Oak Barrel hosts regular tasting events and flagship Fairs across all departments.