Meeting Will Edwards and the team at Archie Rose to hear about their gin was an awesome experience.
Their overwhelming goal was to introduce a traditional dry gin, but one that is so well balanced that it’s equally appealing to drink neat (yes, you can drink gin on its own!), as a G&T, or in a cocktail.
We think they succeeded!
Archie Rose features 13 traditional and native including Blood Lime, Dorrigo Pepperleaf, Lemon Myrtle and River Mint, underpinned with juniper berries. While some gins skirt the line when it comes to any hint of juniper, Archie Rose certainly won’t be accused of the same.
While some of the Australian gins you’ll explore bring only a few botanical flavours to the fore, Joe Dinsmoor (head distiller) and the team have managed to balance them all through a fairly complex distilling process. Distilling each botanical separately has allowed complete control over the end product, which is beautifully subtle.
How to Drink?
Our recommendation is for you to explore this gin in every possible way. Try it neat, definitely chilled; with a high quality tonic or your favourite gin cocktail. We haven’t (yet) come across a gin in Australia that’s better suited to this type of experimentation. Observe how the gin is brought to life in different ways and start to learn about your own preferences. Go to town, you won’t be disappointed!
To help you with your experimentation, here’s a few suggestions (but don’t hesitate to try your own!)
Neat – Archie Rose is an exceptionally balanced and subtle gin, perfect for drinking on its own. Never drunk gin this way? This is a perfect way to start.
Gin & Tonic – If you get the chance head down to Archie Rose’s incredible bar at their distillery in Rosebery, south of Sydney. You’ll have the opportunity to try their signature G&T with their own specially developed tonic water.
Failing that, pair it with your tonic of choice, a slice of lemon and a few lightly crushed juniper berries. Try not to take a leaf from the average bar and fill your glass with too much ice or tonic. With a subtle gin like this, it’s easy to overpower it and water it down too much!