We recently had the pleasure of visiting Archie Rose Distilling Co. in Rosebery, located at The Cannery, in an industrial-type area, a few kilometres south of Sydney. But for the fact that our son lives in Sydney and knows his way around, we definitely would not have 'stumbled' on to Australia's most highly accoladed distillery.
Archie Rose Distilling Co. produces a diverse selection of whiskies, gins, vodkas and rums, as well as one-off collaborations, limited releases and spirit (not the 'ever after' type) experiences. Established in 2014, the innovators of Archie Rose are steered by a belief that 'spirits' are always better shared - I cannot, in good faith, argue with this - and so the distillery doors were opened to the discerning, wishing to experience a top-notch, authentic local distiller.
Archie Rose Distilling Co. commissioned craftsman Peter Bailly to create their distilling equipment. With the highest purity copper shipped in from Europe, then hand-hammered, the three copper pot stills were manufactured to Archie Rose's exact specifications.
Led by Master Distiller, Dave Withers, the Archie Rose Distilling Co. team produces extraordinary whiskies, gins, vodkas and rums, resulting in this exceptional distilling company receiving the acknowledgement of being Australia's most highly awarded distillery.
Now, whilst we only just 'popped' in to Archie Rose to taste-test a few sundowners and enjoy the pleasure of being in a highly-sought after destination, I soon discovered that this very fine Distilling Co. had so much more on offer.
Archie Rose Distilling Co. are way ahead of the innovation pack and are always on the lookout for new ways to serve up distinctly unique experiences to their clients. At the Tailored Spirits offering, participants can showcase their individuality by crafting their very own gin, vodka or whisky, online. These 'original' creations will be hand-made by Archie Rose's distillers in Rosebery. Alternatively visitors can personally create their own tipple, by attending a 'spirit' experience at the Archie Rose location.
Select your favourite botanicals to create your own original creation at Tailored Spirits - Image: Archie Rose Distilling Co. FB
It's as easy as selecting your favourite botanicals and deciding what strength you would like. Or in the case of a whisky - pick your style, cask type and smoke influence and Archie Rose will ship your creation straight to you, complete with your name on the back label.
Just three metres from the distillery and bordered by a wall of ageing whisky casks, the Archie Rose Bar is the perfect spot to pull up a stool and settle in to enjoy a diversified selection of spirits, along with other local and global spirits, craft beers, award winning wines plus … food from local producers.
Wall of ageing whisky casks - Image: Archie Rose Distilling Co. FB
The Archie Rose Bar has two spaces available - a ground floor area as well as a mezzanine - where the decor of copper, steel, oak and concrete create an inviting ambience for visitors to sample, sip and savour the spirits that are crafted on site.
The Archie Rose bartenders are amongst the best in the business and share a passion for crafted spirits. So, when visiting, make sure you say 'hello' and get the 'ins and outs' of what goes into your favourite drink - they love to share. Be prepared to be in total awe of the skill the Archie Rose bartenders display, while fixing drinks.
Masterclass Tasting Set | $199 per person
Cocktail Masterclass includes three cocktails to enjoy, plus a 200ml Archie Rose Tasting Set and three syrups to take home.
Masterclass only | $119 per person
Cocktail Masterclass includes three cocktails to enjoy and three syrups to take home
Duration of Cocktail Masterclasses: approximately 1.5 to 2 hours
Cocktail lovers rejoice! Join a Cocktail Masterclass, where Archie Rose's expert bartenders will teach you how to stir, shake and strain three timeless cocktail classics. You will then get to sit back and relax to enjoy the fruits of your cocktail.
Enjoy an evening with Archie Rose, as they walk you through the history of gin as well as how they create their own at Archie Rose. You will then have the opportunity to blend a selection of Archie Rose's pure botanical distillates to create your very own signature blends. Each guest will leave with two 200ml bottles of their own truly unique, gins.
Archie Rose Whiskey Tour
Tour Tasting | $48 per person
Duration: approximately 1 hour
Take a tour of the Archie Rose Distillery and learn first hand how they produce their own whiskies from grain, fermentation, distillation and maturation … finishing with a guided tasting of their very own White Rye, Six Malt New Make, the now sold-out Chocolate Rye Malt Whiskey and Rye Malt Whiskey.
Blend your own Whisky Class | $125 per person
Duration: approximately 1.5 to 2 hours
According to Archie Rose, blending whiskey is all about the art of balance. In this class, you will learn how whisky is made, before being guided through the process of blending a selection of scotch whiskies and then producing a whisky most suited to your palate. Each guest will leave with two 200ml bottles of their own signature blends.
Australian Whiskey Masterclass | $88 per person
Duration: approximately 1.5 hours
Join Archie Rose's resident expert, Jonathan, as he steers an intimate group of guests around five whiskies that have aided in putting Australian distillation on the map. The Australian Whiskey Masterclass is suitable for beginners as well as long term whisky fans. Featuring Archie Rose's Chocolate Rye Malt and Rye Malt Whiskies, this class is definitely not to be missed.
Japanese Whisky Masterclass | $119 per person
Duration: approximately 1.5 hours
Archie Rose Distilling Co. is super thrilled to announce that the next 'spirited' event, the Japanese Whisky Masterclass is now on the 'menu' of international whisky tastings. Archie Rose's Venue Manager and master of all things whisky, Jonny Liu, will take you through a fully interactive tasting, encompassing all the major regions of Japan. Look out for some highly limited editions that will not usually be found outside of Japan's iconic whisky bars.
The Japanese Whisky Masterclass covers the rise and fall of Japanese distillers and why and how they have burst onto the whisky stage in the past decade. Guests will be treated to a unique mix of brands, styles and finishes to suit all levels of whiskey palates.
You will also have the choice of buying your favourite bottle of whiskey at the time of the Masterclass to take home - this offer is only while stocks last.
Bookings are only available up to three months in advance. Please follow the link here to select the month and to pre-book your tickets.
Fabulously fresh food from local producers at Archie Rose - Image: Archie Rose Distilling Co. FB
Whether you're looking to have a catch-up drink after work with a buddy; wanting to take a tour of a very classy distilling 'joint'; or interested in celebrating a birthday bash, an experience at Archie Rose Distilling Co. will far exceed every experience expectation in the book …ummm, cellar! Open every day from midday, the discerning Archie Rose Distilling Co. is keen to share their spirited venue with you!
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