Heartwood Four Corners of Ross Whisky Review

Back in July I was lucky enough to attend a tasting at The Oak Barrel in Sydney hosted by none other than Tim Duckett of Heartwood fame. The evening was to launch Heartwood's latest whisky "Four Corners of Ross". It was a fantastic event. Later in the evening Tim shared…

Blackadder Bunnahabhain Moine 6yr Raw Cask Whisky Review

When I saw that The Oak Barrel had this Bunnahabhain Moine in stock I had to get it. I had been waiting a while to try a Blackadder Raw Cask bottling. According to the Blackadder website they evenly divide the cask sediment between the bottles for whiskies in their Raw…

SMWS 3.198 Smoker's Tooth Powder and Dentist's Chairs Whisky Review

Up for review we have here a 14 year old sherry casked Bowmore. This interesting sounding single cask from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society was tasted a few weeks back at the joint SMWS and Oak Barrel hosted Bowmore tasting with Gordon Dundas. I had another engagement pop up that…

Laphroaig 10yr Spirit SpA Italian Import Whisky Review

My first pre Royal Warrant Laphroaig. I hope it lives up to all the hype. According to whiskysample.nl, Spirit S.p.A. Genova was the Italian importer of Laphroaig between 1985 and 1988. This means that this whisky must have been distilled between 1975 and 1978. Notes Eye: Light…

New World Projects Single Cask Release 1 Whisky Review

Not too long ago I had the pleasure of attending The Oak Barrel Sydney's event for the New World Projects Single Cask Release. The evening was hosted by David Vitale, Founder and CEO of New World Whisky Distillery, the makers of Starward. It was a very enjoyable evening. David is…

Bowmore 12yr Dumpy Bottle Whisky Review

The 12yr Dumpy Bowmore is well known among Islay diehards and has been on my list of whiskies to try for a long time. Unfortunately it's expensive stuff. Until recently I had only seen one or two pop up at auction. Then out of the blue one night it popped…