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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

TASTINGS

(Generally an hour) 

WHISKY & SPIRITS

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 63%
Bakers
52.5%
Basil Hayden
40%
Knob Creek 50%

50ml bottles, 200ml total.
$70 per person (minimum 10 people)
Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons.

WEIRD & WONDERFUL SCOTCH WHISKY TASTING

Packs sold out! A journey through Scotch whisky, visiting some lesser-known but brilliant distilleries.

Featuring:

Dufftown 10-Year-Old 47.8%
Linkwood 10-Year-Old 48.2%
Teaninich 11-Year-Old 47.9%
Auchroisk 12-Year-Old 47.9%

50ml bottles, 200ml total.
$90 per person (minimum 10 people)

Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons.

REGIONS OF SCOTLAND WHISKY TASTING

A journey through Scotland's traditional whisky regions - what do they mean and are they still valid?

Featuring:

Glengoyne 10-Year-Old 40%
Glenkinchie 12-Year-Old 43%
Glen Scotia 15-Year-Old 46%
Tamdhu 12-Year-Old 43%
Aerolite Lyndsay 10-Year-Old 46%

30ml bottles, 150ml total.
$99 per person (minimum 10 people)

Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons.

GIN TASTING WITH NEVER NEVER

Sampling a range of gins with South Australia's Never Never distillery, a multiple Best Gin In The World winner.

Featuring: 

Triple Juniper 43%
Southern Strength 52%
Juniper Freak 58%

2x Fever-Tree Tonic Water 200ml

3x 200ml bottles, 600ml total gin.
$125 per person (minimum 5 people)

Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons.

JAPANESE WHISKY TASTING

 Featuring five Japanese whiskies that tell the story of the country's history with with whisky and a look into its future.

Featuring:

Mars Maltage Cosmo 43%
Super Nikka Rare Old 43%
Nikka Coffey Grain 45%
Miyagikyo Single Malt 45%
Yoichi single Malt 45%

30ml bottles, 150ml total.
$115 per person (minimum 10 people)
Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons

WORLD WHISK(E)Y TASTING

Four countries in four drams, looking at the whisky but also the country's history with the spirit.

Featuring:

Irish Single Malt 8-Year-Old 45.7% (Ireland)
Slyrs 3-Year-Old 52.5% (Germany)
English Whisky Co 8-Year-Old 52.3% (England)
Heaven Hill 9-Year-Old 48.4% (USA)

50ml bottles, 200ml total.
$125 per person (minimum 10 people)
Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons.

ULTRA PREMIUM SCOTCH WHISKY TASTING

Packs Sold Out! Nothing under 19-years-old with a tasting featuring four exceptional drams.

Featuring:

Inchmurrin 20-Year-Old 51%
Blended Malt #1 (Teaspooned Balvenie) 26-Year-Old 48.3%
Cameronbridge 27-Year-Old 48.9%
Ledaig 19-Year-Old 46% 

50ml bottles, 200ml total.

Hosted by Whisky & Spirits Educator Scott Fitzsimons.

WINE

WINES OF AUSTRALIA TASTING

A tasting a range of 4 wines hailing from different and unique regions in Australia. What makes them different and what influences the wines they produce?

Featuring:
4 wines - 2 white and 2 red - ranging across a range of styles and flavours 

375ml bottles, 1,500ml total.
$110 per person (minimum 10 people) - delivery included
Hosted by Wine Educator & Soil Nerd Joe Perry.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 4 WINES TASTING

A great introduction in several different countries, regions, wine styles, and grape varieties. We'll look into wines from both hemispheres and what factors impact the way they smell, taste, and age

Featuring:
4 wines - 2 white and 2 red - handpicked by The Oak Barrel Wine Team

4 x 375ml, 1500ml total
$110 per person (minimum 10 people) - delivery included
Hosted by Wine Educator & Soil Nerd Joe Perry.

EXPLORING THE WORLD OF RED WINE

Tasting through 4 different red wines and exploring different styles, varieties, flavours, countries, and regions that make red wine. 

Featuring:
4 red wines handpicked by The Oak Barrel Wine Team

4 x 375ml, 1500ml total
$110 per person (minimum 10 people) including delivery
Hosted by Wine Educator & Soil Nerd Joe Perry.

EXPLORING THE WORLD OF WHITE WINE

Tasting through 4 different white wines and exploring different styles, varieties, flavours, countries, and regions that make white wine. 

Featuring:
4 white wines handpicked by The Oak Barrel Wine Team

4 x 375ml, 1500ml total
$110 per person (minimum 10 people) including delivery
Hosted by Wine Educator & Soil Nerd Joe Perry.

 

BEER

INTRODUCTION TO CRAFT BEER

A tasting with 4 Australian craft beers, going through a broad span of different styles, their history and position in the modern scene. A heavy influence on small batch, local producers.

Curated list will look something like this;

Lager/Pale/Saison
Sour  
IPA
Porter/Stout

Featuring:
4 Beers, selection will be seasonal and chosen by our Beer Enthusiast.

4 x 330ml, 1,320ml total
$60 per person (minimum 12 people) shipping inclusive
Hosted by an Oak Barrel Beer Enthusiast

ALL ABOUT HOPS (BEER)

A tasting with 4 hoppy beers, a nerdier in depth look at one of beers primary components. Will include a variety of single hopped beers looking at their impacts on flavour, depth and scent. Dry hopped and blending hops. Talking about current trends and the history of hop usage in beer’s ancient past.

Featuring:
4 hop forward beers based on availability and freshness, chosen by our Beer Enthusiast.

4 x 330ml, 1,320ml total
$70 per person (minimum 12 people) shipping inclusive
Hosted by an Oak Barrel Beer Enthusiast

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