We're all about uncovered gems here at the Oak Barrel and while we certainly wouldn't describe the anCnoc single malts as a secret, it's a whisky that we certainly think deserve more of the limelight.
In another of our whisky tastings that will be held both physically in our tasting room and virtually all around the world we're going to delve into anCnoc, with distillery manager Gordon Bruce joining us as a special guest from Scotland.
The anCnoc single malt is distilled at the Knockdhu distillery - which was founded in 1893 and first produced spirit in 1894. The distillery is a quiet achiever of Spyeside, it survived turmoil to be consistent throughout the 1900s (bar a period of closure from 1983 to 1989) and has made a beautiful spirit all the way through.
They've held on to the original still shapes and so their fruity, honeyed spirit character has remained consistent, working well in both ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks.
AnCnoc came into existence after Inver House bought the mothballed distillery in 1988. The distillery name is quite similar to another Speyside site (Knockando) so anCnoc was chosen as the moniker. It really gained prominence in the early 2000s when the fruity, light character became one of the most reliably excellent Speysides around.
In recent years they've experimented with heavily peated stock, an example of which 'Peatheart' we'll try during this tasting.
This event will be run in-store, with a capacity of 20 people, and online - with 15ml samples sent out across Australia. Please select which option you would like, as these are not transferable. That is, if you select the online option the samples will be sent to you and you will not be able to join us in the room due to capacity constraints.
For those participating online, links to watch and join the event will be sent out the morning of the event - so they're top of your inbox!
What We’ll Be Trying:
anCnoc 12-Year-Old 40%
anCnoc 18-Year-Old 46%
anCnoc 24-Year-Old 46%
anCnoc 2002 (2017 Bottling) 46%
anCnoc Peatheart 46%
WHAT: anCnoc Single Malt Whisky Tasting
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney, 2000 or Your House
WHEN: Thursday 15 April, doors open 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Live on Facebook, YouTube and oakbarrel.com.au/live from 7pm
TYPE: In-person and virtual
PRICE: $30 for members, $40 for guests (free shipping for virtual packs)
For virtual tasting tickets with sample packs, please order by XX to ensure we can ship them to you in time.
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
•To purchase a ticket please add this item to your cart and process at the checkout. Please note, for the in-store tasting there are no physical tickets - your name will be on the door.
•We offer one members-priced ticket per paid-up membership. Members will receive their discount once the ticket is added to the cart.
•If you are a member and add more than one ticket to your account, the remaining tickets will be charged at guest prices.
•Please advise any friends that are members that they will need to log into their own account to purchase members tickets.
•If you are buying a gift for someone else, please specific their name in Order Notes during the checkout process.
•Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, so please make sure to check your dates before booking.
THE OAK BARREL’S 2021 WHISKY TASTING SEASON
In 2021 The Oak Barrel will once again host a series of intimate, enjoyable and wide-ranging whisky tastings, but now they’ll be over a few different formats.
Our in-person tastings will return to our Cellar Room, which will now be capped to 20. This will not only ensure the safety of customers and staff, but also ensure that the events are as comfortable and as intimate as they can be.
These tastings will encompass a wide range of whisky themes, from the classic ‘Whisky Appreciation’ nights to nights based around specific countries, regions, styles, distilleries and bottlers. Hosted by in-house whisky educator Scott Fitzsimons, we’ll also welcome special guests from all around the country to present in front of you.
This does not mean the end of our successful virtual tastings, however. With international travel still uncertain, we’ll be calling upon international guests to join us in a virtual capacity. In these cases we’ll make up tasting kits, which can either be sent around Australia or picked up and enjoyed in store with us in front of the big screen.
We look forward to a big year of sharing great drams through 2021, the 65th anniversary of The Oak Barrel.