Each year on the Wednesday of Whisky Fair week Heartwood and Tasmanian Independent Bottlers founder Tim Duckett holds court at The Oak Barrel to a very exclusive audience to discuss the state of Tasmanian whisky. Generally getting quite off topic from the whiskies in front of us, we discuss what’s happened in the past 12 months and what we’re looking ahead to.
We’ll continue that tradition in 2020 with Sydney Whisky Forum where Tim Duckett will be joined virtually by whisky icon Bill Lark for a similar discussion on Tasmanian whisky.
Guaranteed to be a wide-ranging and fascinating discussion on Tasmanian and Australian whisky, there’s never been a more vital time to look at the island’s production, with more distillers than ever having whisky on the market and some big changes coming from some of the more established names.
The discussion will be free and open to anyone to join, but we have also worked with Tim and the team at Lark to put together a very limited amount of tasting packs for those who would like to have something to drink along at home with.
It includes some new (and previously released) expressions from Heartwood and TIB as well as the brand new Lark Symphony blended malt, a whisky that surely encapsulates one future direction of the industry.
WHAT THE TASTING PACK INCLUDES:
1x 30ml Lark Symphony 40.2%
1x 30ml Heartwood Witch’s Cauldron 61.2%
1x 30ml Heartwood Don’t Fuck It Up, Son! 59.65%
1x 30ml TIB Old Kempton Release 6 47.7%
1x 30ml TIB The Vatted Malt #4 49.9%
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 Thursday 20 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: Trails Through Tasmania With Tim Duckett (& Bill Lark)
TYPE: Virtual Tasting
WHERE: Your house
WHEN: Wednesday 26 August, 7pm Sydney time
TASTING PACK PRICE: $89 for Oak Barrel members, $99 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.