Full Review

Archie Rose

Archie Rose
Rye Malt Whisky

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 60%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$120

Archie Rose
Rye Malt Whisky

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 60%
Light amber color. Aromas of rye seed, burlap, cherry preserves on pumpernickel, cola, and violet petals with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length Nutella, crystalized ginger, rose hips, chocolate cake, and roasted pecan finish. A bold rye whisky with big grain notes and sultry kisses of chocolate; a fun craft whiskey to sip and savor.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: rye seed, burlap, cherry preserves on pumpernickel, cola, and violet petals
Taste Flavor: Nutella, crystalized ginger, rose hips, chocolate cake, and roasted pecan
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat, on the rocks and with drops of water
Cocktail Cocktails: Trinidad, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold rye whisky with big grain notes and sultry kisses of chocolate; a fun craft whiskey to sip and savor.

The Importer

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

The Importer
61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery
61 618-458-2300

Their Portfolio

92 Archie Rose Unaged Rye Whisky 40% (Australia) $99.00.
93 Archie Rose Six Malt New Make Whisky 50% (Australia) $119.00.
92 Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky 60% (Australia) $120.00.
90 Archie Rose Single Malt Whisky 60% (Australia) $120.00.

Rye Whiskey

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Rye Whisky must contain a minimum of 51% rye grain, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof) and be aged for a minimum of two years in new charred barrels. A small amount of straight Rye whiskey is bottled and marketed, but most of the industry production is blended into other whiskies to give them additional character and structure. Canadians frequently refer to their whisky as "Rye," though it is in fact made primarily from corn or wheat.

The Taste: While the best Bourbon is known for a creamy, caramel-like palate, the best Rye whiskey makes its presence known with a spicy, grainy, hard-edged firmness that is distinctive and unique. Usually very dry, with notes of walnut, toasted grain, and black pepper, straight rye has a bold assertive character that has earned it a small but dedicated following among discerning whiskey fans.

The Scotch-Irish immigrant distillers had some exposure to using rye in whiskey production, but for their German immigrant neighbors rye had been the primary grain used in the production of Schnapps and Vodka back in northern Europe. They continued this distilling practice, particularly in Pennsylvania and Maryland, where Rye whiskey, with its distinctive hard-edged, grainy palate, remained the dominant whiskey type well into the 20th century.

Rye whiskey was even more adversely effected by National Prohibition than Bourbon. A generation of consumers weaned on light-bodied and relatively delicate white spirits turned away from the uncompromising, pungent, full-bodied straight Rye whiskies. Production of Rye whiskies had vanished altogether from its Mid-Atlantic homeland by the 1980s. A handful of modern Rye whiskies are currently being made by Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and Indiana. America’s first indigenous whiskey style is today only barely surviving in the marketplace. Its primary use is for blending to give other whiskies more character and backbone, although a small but vocal group of Rye whisky enthusiasts continue to champion it.