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FOR THE NEW YEAR
The Archie Rose Distilling Co. celebrated its first
birthday, unveiling its first casks of aged rye as well
as some other surprises. In an extremely eventful first
12 months Archie Rose has laid down over 300 casks,
turned over 3000 distillery tours and picked up several
awards -- including a master medal in the inaugural
Distillery Masters competition. And as founder Will
Edwards revealed there is still a lot more to come.
"We couldn't have asked for a better and more
rewarding first year of operation," Edwards said. "It's a
credit to our amazing team and the hard work we have
invested over the last few years to make Archie Rose a
reality. Most importantly though it's down to the way
Sydney and Australia have embraced the distillery, our
tours, the Archie Rose Bar and of course our gin, vodka
and white rye."
He added: "As far as whisky goes, we've got around
280-odd casks of single malt now laid down, and about
73 casks of rye. And with the gin and vodka as well,
which was really the goal for year one, we've managed
to get in available nationwide, which is a big thing
Edwards also revealed that the distillery is planning
to release some new products next year. Prior to the
announcement, Edwards revealed to b&c that distillery
production manager Dave Withers has been studying
rum distillation through the prestigious Heriot-Watt
University, in Edinburgh Scotland, and has been
dedicating himself to sourcing the highest grade
molasses that can be found in Australia -- no easy task
given the potential costs involved. The process will
also present some unique logistics issues -- cold chain
storage is just the beginning -- according to Edwards,
however the distillery has managed to navigate
potential problems and is looking forward to beginning
production on a unique rum product, and potentially
a limited supply of rhum agricole (a cane juice-based
style of spirit).
AUSTRALIAN DISTILLERS WIN BIG IN SAN FRANCISCO
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) has been judged for another year, with
more than 1700 spirits submitted, making it the largest field in 16 years of the competition.
There were multiple Double Gold Medals handed out with West Australian rum proving a
favourite with the judging panels -- both The Grove Experience and The Hoochery Distillery
were awarded the prestigious titles for their Spiced Rum and Spike's Reserve 10 Year Old Ord
River Rum respectively. Four Pillars Gin also continued its winning streak, picking up its second
Double Gold Medal in three years for Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin.
There were plenty of other Australian winners with Hippocampus (pictured) taking home a
gold medal for its gin that is just three months old. The distillery's vodka also picked up bronze
medal, with distiller Alex Poulsen ecstatic with the result.
"What's awesome about the SFWSC is to see how your spirit stacks up against other spirits
from around the world," he says. "It's one of the biggest competitions of its kind so for our gin
to receive a gold medal from a blind panel of industry experts is humbling indeed."
Also snagging a gold medal for its gin was Archie Rose in Sydney, with the distillery also
picking up a silver medal for its White Rye. McHenry Distillery brought home a medal of
each colour from San Francisco, with the McHenry Navy Strength Gin, McHenry Classic Dry
Gin, and McHenry Barrel Aged Gin picking up gold, silver and bronze respectively. Ironbark
Distillery also snagged four medals, with its 313 Dry Gin taking silver, 313 Dry Wattleseed Gin
taking bronze, the 4 Week Barrel Aged Moonshine taking silver and the Crystal Clear Unaged
Moonshine also being awarded bronze.
In a statement on Facebook, the distiller stated that "this is testament to the work we put in
to making spirits that showcase what craft distillers in Australia are doing, and proves that our
craft industry can compete on a world stage."
Dobson's Distillery also snagged two medals, a silver for the world-first Sumac Gin (which is
made using the terpene pinene extracted from sumac instead of juniper) and a bronze for the
New England Dry Gin, with the distiller noting on Facebook that the team is "suitably chuffed".
New Tassie gin distillery Poltergeist also picked up medals for both it's gins with a gold
medal for the Unfiltered version, and a silver for the Filtered spirit.
West Australia's resident gin slingers at The West Winds confirmed that they awarded a
"gold and a couple of silver" through their portfolio of gins -- they were also the first Aussies to
ever bring home Double Gold on multiple occasions.
And brand new tequila folks, Sesión took home gold for the Mocha Tequila as well as a
silver for both their Blanco and Reposado, making it a medal for every product they distill.
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