Archie Rose has been earning a lot of awards for its whisky, making it Australia’s most highly awarded distillery—no small feat for a company that’s only been around for about five years. Those awards come because of Archie Rose’s unique approach to distilling. That approach is keenly on display with their latest offering, Ironbark Smoked Rye Malt Whisky.
Essentially a sequel to their Smoked Gin, which was launched in March, 2019, Archie Rose’s Ironbark Smoked Rye Malt Whisky is based on “smoked water” for its water-soluble smoked notes.
Smoked water is made with the help of Archie Rose’s affable neighbors, Three Blue Ducks. To make it, blocks of ice are melted in wood-fired ovens that use sustainably sourced NSW ironbark.
The whisky starts in Archie Rose’s casks of Rye Malt Whisky. Then the ironbark wood-smoked water is used to break the whisky down to 40 per cent ABV. From there, Archie Rose decided to release Ironbark Smoked Rye Malt Whisky flocked and unfiltered, leaving behind its natural haze and char remnants.
“We have crafted a distinct, charming and flavorsome spirit which showcases the quality of its components, being unique malted rye, local malted barley and incredible, painstakingly 35-month air-dried oak, as well as the innovative production methods we employ in the distillery,” says Archie Rose founder, Will Edwards. The use of local barley and rye is a part of the effort on the behalf of the distiller to revive heritage rye and barley strains in Australia. Archie Rose hopes to be able to source all their seven varieties of malt from NSW.
Ironbark Smoked Rye Malt Whisky is a limited edition release and is drawn from seven casks of the Archie Rose Concepts label. An epithet reserved for Archie Rose’s rarest and most experimental products. It has notes of sweet vanilla, caramel, and subtle spices.
You can purchase a bottle through the Archie Rose website or at the bar at Archie Rose Distilling Co. in Rosebery, Sydney.