One week to register for Archie Rose Whisky ballot

22 July, 2019 by Andy Young

The ballot for the first batch of Archie Rose’s first core range whisky closes next week, ahead of the official launch at midday on 1 August.

The first release of 2,071 bottles will be marked and individually numbered as ‘1st batch’ and will be available to purchase four ways including: a ballot allocation drawn on 29 July; via the bar at Archie Rose Distilling Co. in Rosebery, Sydney and the Archie Rose website from midday on 1 August; and by purchasing tickets to a series of special launch events hosted by founder, Will Edwards, and master distiller, Dave Withers, on 1 and 5 August, 2019.


Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky ‘2nd and 3rd batch’ will then be released into bars, restaurants and bottle shops from September followed by wider release later in the year.

“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.”

Master Distiller, Dave Withers, said that Archie Rose is backed by its conviction that good whisky starts its life in the field, rather than in the distillery, and so the team is working with Australian growers to nurture and support this attitude.

“We began by using German malt but are now 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 that we would be incredibly proud of. A successful brew, fermentation, distillation or maturation is only as good as the malt you start with.”

Edwards added: “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.”

To enter the pre-release ballot, head to the Archie Rose website.