North Star Whisky Tasting: Springbank & More! [In-Store & Virtual!] (Fri 23 Apr)

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In their short existence North Star have become one of our favourite and most in-demand independent bottlers, but we think this next Australian allocation is the most in-demand yet. 

Encompassing whiskies from their 11th and 12th outturns, it is highlighted by the presence of three truly remarkable whiskies - a Springbank, a Longrow and a Hazelburn all aged for over two decades.

Sold out instantly overseas, North Star and their Australian importers have done an exceptional job to match the Australian prices with the overseas meaning that we're able to offer all three in our next North Star event. 

Heading straight to the top of the tree, we'll also open the Lynch Isle (a sherry butt matured, brandy barrel finished highland whisky we're pretty sure is Clynelish) as well as the latest edition of the exceptional-value Vega 20-year-old and heavily peated Chaos release.

Joined by importer Scott Farrow of Wonderland Drinks, this is an event we'll be running both in-store and online. The Australian allocations for these whiskies are extremely limited and so this will be a rare chance to try these whiskies.

Please note, while we will attempt to secure bottles to sell on the night there is no guarantee that we will have any available! Our allocation to sell will be arriving before the event so if you're chasing a full bottle to purchase, please do not delay!

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!

We will stream through Facebook and YouTube as well as Please note, to ask questions during the event you will need to be on the Facebook or YouTube platforms.

What We’ll Be Trying:

Springbank 25-Year-Old 48.7% (RRP: $1,150)
Springbank Triple Distilled 22-Year-Old (Hazelburn) 46.5%
(RRP: $950)
Springbank Double Distilled Peated 25-Year-Old (Longrow) 51%
(RRP $1,950)
Lynch Isle 20-Year-Old 53.6%
(RRP: $299)
Vega 20-Year-Old 42.5% 
(RRP: $150)
Chaos 11-Year-Old 50% (RRP: $125)


WHAT: North Star 2021 Arrivals: Springbank & More!
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney, 2000 or Your House
WHEN: Friday 23 April, doors open 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Live on Facebook, YouTube and from 7pm
TYPE: In-person and virtual
PRICE: $129 for members, $139 for guests (free shipping for virtual packs)

For virtual tasting tickets with sample packs, please order by Wednesday 14 April to ensure we can ship them to you in time. Packs will begin to be dispatched from Thursday 1 April.


•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.


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.

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