Archie Rose’s first whisky sells out

01 July, 2019 by Andy Young

The popularity of Archie Rose’s products shows no sign of abating with the distillery’s first whisky release selling out in under two hours, but a new core range whisky will be available next month for those who missed out.

The limited-edition Chocolate Rye Malt Whisky went on sale last week, but sold out in just 1-hour 41-minutes. The distillery now has just over 100 bottles available for cellar door sales, with the only other chance to try the whisky being to head to any of the bars or restaurants stocking it.


Following on from the first limited-edition release, Archie Rose will release the first batch of its Rye Malt Whisky as the first of its core range whiskies on 1 August.

The Rye Malt Whisky uses rare malted rye and malted barley and American oak casks. According to founder Will Edwards the whisky showcases Archie Rose’s focus on malt and its approach to working with rye which is more difficult to process than barley.

“Our vision for whisky has always been to speak of our experience as Australians, utilise the incredible raw materials available to us, and strive for genuine innovation in what is typically an extremely traditional industry” says Archie Rose founder, Will Edwards.

“We have crafted a distinct, charming and flavoursome spirit which showcases the quality of its components, being unique malted rye, local malted barley and incredible, painstakingly 36-month air-dried oak, as well as the innovative production methods we employ in the distillery.

“We’ve spent an enormous amount of time in research and development, looking at how we can create a rich and engaging, complex yet approachable whisky, and we believe we’ve made something really special.”

Master Distiller, Dave Withers says that the team has a passion for malt being the fundamental building block to its whiskies, which is backed by its conviction that whisky starts life in the field rather than the distillery. He added that Archie Rose is working with Australian growers to support this ethos.

“We’re working with growers in Griffith, NSW to revive heritage rye and barley strains and together creating malt crop volume and diversity to support our own products and the future growth of the Australian whisky industry,” Withers said.

“Our overall goal is to source all of our seven varieties of malt from NSW, which would be a pretty special result, and one we will be incredibly proud of.

“A successful brew, fermentation, distillation or maturation is only as good as the malt you start with. We want to put malt back onto the agenda.”

Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky ‘1st Batch’ will be available for purchase via a ballot allocation drawn on 27 July or from 1 August via and the bar at Archie Rose Distilling Co. in Rosebery, Sydney – RRP: $119.