Private Virtual Tastings

In this remarkable period of self-isolation and social distancing The Oak Barrel is finding new ways to bring you great drinking experiences, wherever you are in the country.

Our business in the Sydney CBD is renowned for its tasting events, from big multi-session fairs to intimate gatherings, it’s something we love and hosting. However in thus unparalleled current climate, we’re unable to invite you into our tasting room – which makes us quite sad.

That’s why we’ve put together a series of tasting packs to share with you, virtually. We’ll send them out to you and then organise a time to jump online with your friends, housemates, family, work colleagues or pets to try them through together.

Whether it’s five or 50 different lounge-rooms to beam into, we’re keen to keep providing great drinks experiences whether we can be there in person or not.

There’s both whisky and wine tastings available, running for different lengths and for different levels of experience. Have a read below.

(Tasting line-ups subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances in global times unprecedented for a decade, but they should be pretty locked in!)

HOW PRIVATE VIRTUAL WHISKY TASTINGS WORK

-          Organise a group of at least five mates/colleagues/family members who would like to join in from self-isolation.

-          Choose a class from the listings below.

-          Email the class facilitator/booze educator, who is listed below the descriptions. Name which class you’re looking at and how many people in your group.

-          Once the numbers have been confirmed and the invoice paid, the educator will organise sending packs out to everyone and a time to host the event with your group.

-          Once all the packs have been delivered and the night rolls around, we’ll jump on a private live video chat to go through the bottles, talk about them and field any questions you might have.

PRIVATE VIRTUAL TASTING OPTIONS

CASUAL TASTINGS

(30-45 minutes) Good refresher tastings or for people looking to get into the style.

INTRODUCTION TO PEATED WHISK(E)Y

A walk through smoky whiskies from Scotland and Ireland to prove that not all smoke is the same.

Featuring:
Ardmore Legacy (Scotland, Highlands)
Connemara Peated (Ireland, Louth)
Bowmore Small Batch (Scotland, Islay)
Laphroaig Select (Scotland, Islay)

50ml bottles, 200ml total.
$60 per person (minimum five people)
Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons.

INTRODUCTION TO BOURBON WHISKEY

A tasting with four premium bourbons as we go through the history of bourbon, its modern renaissance and it’s unique place in the whisky world.

Featuring:
Booker’s
Bakers
Basil Hayden
Knob Creek

50ml bottles, 200ml total.
$60 per person (minimum five people)
Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons.

NEWS AUSSIE WINE REGIONS TASTING

A tasting with a red wine and a white wine from two emerging, exciting Australian wine regions. What makes them different and what influences the wines they produce?

Featuring:
Two wines – a red and a white – chosen by our wine educator based around new releases and availability.

750ml bottles, 1,500ml total.
$65 per person (minimum five people)
Hosted by Wine Educator & Soil Nerd Joe Perry.

ADVANCED TASTINGS

(1 hour) Got a little more time on your hands? Miss getting nerdy on booze facts with people? Let’s dive a little bit deeper into what you’re drinking.

PREMIUM WHISKY TASTING

A tasting of premium and rare whiskies where we’ll get in-depth about the distilleries, flavour profiles and the state of whisky in the world.

Featuring:
Five Whiskies based on availability and in consultation with the group.

5x 50ml, 250ml total
$125 per person (minimum five people)
Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons.

NATURAL WINE PARTY TASTING

Bring the natural wine party to your living room with three delicious wines that attract phrases like “biodynamic”, “minimal intervention”, “orange” and “funky”. How these wines are made, why they are made and why they are as important as they are tasty and fun.

Featuring:
Three natural wines based on availability chosen by our Wine Educator.

3x 750ml, 2,250ml total
$125 per person (minimum five people)
Hosted by Wine Educator & Soil Nerd Joe Perry.

BETTER WITH AGE TASTING

An hour straight from the cellar – three beautifully aged Australian reds that we’ve picked out of the vault. Guided by our Wine Educator

Featuring
Hewitson L'Oizeau Shiraz 2001 (McLaren Vale, South Australia)
Burton Shiraz 2003 (McLaren Vale, South Australia)
Golden Ball Gallice 2004 (Beechworth, Victoria)

3x 750ml, 2,250ml total
$125 per person (minimum five people)
Hosted by Wine Educator & Soil Nerd Joe Perry.

ANY QUESTIONS? GET IN TOUCH!