Sydney’s Archie Rose distillery have revealed their first whisky expression with a limited edition rye to be released 27 June.
Confirmation of an official whisky release has been long-awaited by the Sydney distillery, who’ve been filling casks since December 2014 and under full production from early 2015. While their gin, vodka and limited release spirits have often garnered a lot of publicity, the whisky release has always been on the horizon for a distillery considered one of Australia’s most promising.
The first release will be the limited edition Chocolate Rye Malt Whisky, which at 52% will be a run of 1,148 bottles and retail for $149.
Today the distillery have also confirmed their upcoming core lines, including the 46% Rye Malt Whisky that will drop 1 August and the Single Malt Whisky 46% from early 2020. Both will carry $119 recommended pricing.
Ongoing batches will be line-priced and carry the batch number on the label.
In posts on social media today, Archie Rose founder Will Edwards said, “We don’t believe in charging a crazy premium for Batch One, Batch Two, and Batch Three releases.”
He added, “We’ve also endeavoured to bring our core malts in at the most accessible and sustainable price point possible, given the current state of Australian excise duty, the extremely low yielding, and wherever possible, local malts (which we’ve started growing ourselves when they’re not available) we use, and the quality/uniqueness/scarcity of the casks we procure.”
Official Tasting Notes
Limited Edition Chocolate Malt Rye
Nose: A floral first impression with rose, dill and white musk. With a moment in the glass, notes of pecan, raisins and crystallised ginger. Notes of grapefruit zest, praline and creme brulee sit in the background.
Palate: Chocolate truffles, roasted hazelnuts.
Finish: A slight spritz with mocha and cola. Characteristic sweet baking spices linger with dark chocolate
Nose: A tantalising tension between sweet and savoury. Transports you to a carpenter’s workshop by the coast with the aroma of vanilla eclairs and sherbet. A second pass continues with sun-dried apricots, muesli and rice pudding. Time in the glass reveals cola, creaming soda and toffee.
Palate: Peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Finish: A subtle combination of caraway seed with sweet spices. A hint of salinity balances the sweetness.
The whiskies are now available to view on the distillery’s own website.