More #MyWhiskyReview on Archie Rose - Other than the Six Malt New Make, we are treated with a dram of work in progress, (if I have heard correctly) it is Six Malt Spirit new make matured in 100 Litre Australian Apera cask for 18 months.
Here’re my wee thoughts on it:
Archie Rose Six Malt Spirit matured in 100L Apera Sherry Cask for 18 months
Powerful spice, but the core aroma is surprisingly gentle on the nose. Soft but determined dark/red fruits notes, raisinets uplifted by an herbal overtone. Orange drops and black currants. There are still glimpses of raw new make malt syrup notes here, but some rough edges have been polished off. •
Red fruits with an unexpected touch of subtle wood smoke backing it up. Lollies, red liquorice and orange drops forming a fairly strong fruity core. Raw herbal spice flaring up, while chocolate and barley husk dropping lower. Finishes with more confectionaries notes and roasted coffee beans. •
Despite 6 months short from becoming an actual whisky in Australia, it is almost ready. There has been a substantial fine-tuning with the Archie Rose spirit to create its own style, and I am delighted to see what we have here is thoughtfully polished. The sherry injects a nice sweetness to it while the barley in the drier facet sinks even lower and form a nice spirit underlayer. An enjoyable treat, and I am seeing all sorts of positive signs from this distillery in Sydney. •
[Filling Strength of 63.5% • Cask Sample]
Courtesy of @hippocrite.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (or SMWS), founded in Edinburgh in 1983, is a membership organisation, which bottles and sells single cask, single malt whisky. It purchases individual casks from more than 125 malt whisky distilleries in Scotland and throughout the world, bottles and retails them directly to its members.
Casks are only acquired by the Society after approval by an appointed tasting panel, which gives each bottling a whimsical set of tasting notes, which then provides an indication of what flavours and textures the drinker can expect. Each bottle is also given a quirky and descriptive name.
The resulting 'outturn' of each cask is given a unique, two-part numerical identifier, representing first the originating distillery, and second, the individual cask from which the bottle was taken. For example, 2.35 represents the 35th cask acquired from distillery number two. Society bottlings are always referred to using this numerical code, rather than by the distillery name, as individual casks are unique and, therefore, may not be representative of the whisky produced by that distillery for ordinary retail.
One of the four listed here, Berry Blast wheatgrass smoothie, is a special edition released during the opening of the Hong Kong branch of SMWS.