It seems like a previous life but on Friday 13 February 2020 The Oak Barrel was privileged to host Founder Alex Bruce and Sales Manager Connal Mackenzie from independent bottler Adelphi and emerging distillery Ardnamurchan in the tasting room. In somewhat surreal circumstances as the global pandemic of 2020 ramped up around us during the event, we shared a range of outstanding whiskies and spoke about the future of the brands in what is still the last physical tasting of 2020 so far.
Five months down the track as part of Sydney Whisky Forum 2020, we'll going to check back in with Adelphi and Ardnamurchan to both celebrate the breadth and quality of the independent bottler and preview the first Ardnamurchan release, which is now just around the corner.
Adelphi is a name synonymous with The Oak Barrel shelves, a marker of exceptional cask selection and premium whisky. The quality, passion and ethos of that brand has translated into Ardnamurchan, the distillery they've built from scratch and which has become one of the most talked-about new sites in Scotland.
It is also home to some of the most sustainable practises in Scotch whisky while also embracing modern blockchain technologies to track provenance and provide transperancy in all their products.
Talking about their plans, the future and the wider Scotch whisky industry, we're also pleased to be able to offer a tasting set of four 30ml samples that show the breadth of Adelphi's scope but also a close look at Ardnamurchan's future. There are a very limited number of packs to sell, but the panel will be free to participate in.
WHAT THE TASTING PACK INCLUDES:
1x 30ml Ardnamurchan Cask Sample (ABV TBC)
1x 30ml Ardnamurchan 2019 AD 57.4%
1x 30ml Adelphi Fusion Brisbane 57.5%
1x 30ml Adelphi Jura 21-Year-Old 54.2%
HOW THE EVENT WILL WORK
This is a virtual tasting, with tasting packs to be sent out around Australia. Those who have registered for the event will be sent a link prior to the event in order to join the Zoom chat on which the tasting will be held.
Anyone who purchases a pack will be sent a Zoom link the day of the event.
If you don't want to use Zoom, everyone is welcome to follow along on either The Oak Barrel's Facebook or YouTube pages as well as on oakbarrel.com.au/live or whiskyfair.com.au/forum.
While we will do our utmost to get packs to everyone on time, delivery delays are a reality in 2020 regardless of where you are in Australia. For this reason we advise that you purchase your pack before Wednesday 19 August.
SYDNEY WHISKY FORUM
Sydney Whisky Forum 2020 is a ten-day celebration of whisky in the Australian market featuring panels, discussions, keynote interviews and virtual tastings. Running from Monday 24 August to Wednesday 2 September, the first annual Forum takes place across the same last week of August that would have seen the 11th annual Sydney Whisky Fair run, had it not been for 2020’s complications.
Featuring distillers, bottlers and industry experts from Australia and around the world, it will not only be a chance to get (virtually) up close and personal and ask questions of the people behind the whisky in your glass, but it will also serve as resource into the future. Following the live events, the videos will be posted to watch for free.
Browse all the Sydney Whisky Forum 2020 events at WhiskyFair.com.au/Forum.
WHAT: Ardnamurchan Adelphi Rising Virtual Tasting
TYPE: Virtual Tasting
WHERE: Your house
WHEN: Tuesday 25 August, 7pm Sydney time
TASTING PACK PRICE: $79 for Oak Barrel members, $89 for guests. Free shipping.
PANEL PRICE: Free
WHERE YOU CAN WATCH
THE OAK BARREL
Sydney Whisky Fair, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2019, and Sydney Whisky Forum are both promoted by The Oak Barrel. An icon of the Sydney fine drinks scene since its establishment in 1956, it has been named the Icons Of Whisky Single Outlet Of The Year and Australian Liquor Industry Awards Bottle Store Of The Year on multiple occasions.