This week saw the launch of Archie Rose Distilling Co.’s long-awaited Single Malt Whisky with a special event at inner-city cocktail hangout, Bar Lafayette.
Given Perth has the most relaxed COVID-19 restrictions in the country right now, it was the only physical launch event outside of the Sydney-based distillery.
The single malt comes almost six years from when the company first began producing spirits.
Work-in-progress cask samples submitted over the course of maturation have already been awarded Australia’s Best Single Malt Whisky at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (USA), World Whisky Masters (London), and SIP Awards (USA) as well as the World’s Best Unaged Whisky for the new make spirit.
“Malt is such a fundamental part of our conversation about whisky,” said Archie Rose Master Distiller, Dave Withers. “It is our conviction that whisky starts life in the field, not the distillery, and a successful fermentation, distillation or maturation is only as good as the malt you start with.
“As distillers it is our duty to nurture the natural flavours of the malt and through innovative production methods highlight the broad spectrum of flavours that can be unlocked.”
The Archie Rose Single Malt Whisky is crafted to highlight six malts, as opposed to the usual one or two.
Founder Will Edwards added, “Working with these specialty roasted malts is incredibly challenging.
“From a processing and cost perspective, a heavily roasted chocolate malt typically yields approximately 10-15 times less spirit per tonne than a high-yielding traditional distilling malt, but the sacrifice in efficiency is absolutely worth it for the incredible flavours they contribute.”
Head HERE to nab yourself a bottle of second batch (the first is already gone!), and read up on the malts below:
1. Australian Pale Malt
Speaks of the Australian land from which it was grown, delivering herbal and slightly floral accents.
2. Peated Malt
Provides a subtle touch of earthy smoke that complements richly flavoured roasted malts.
3. Australian Amber Malt
An assertive biscuity character that brings nuance and depth.
4. Caramel Malt
Delivers the aroma of caramel fudge and mild fruitiness.
5. Aromatic Roasted Malt
Offers a deep and complex array of flavours including fig, raisin and amaretto.
6. Local NSW Chocolate Malt
Made from a low-yielding single field in NSW and roasted in small batches, this malt provides rich and intense flavours of coffee and chocolate.