A blasphemous collision

August 16, 2021
By Ioni Doherty

It’s not a whisky, it’s not a liqueur and it is as profane as it is precocious, says Archie Rose Distilling Co which has joined forces with Melbourne’s acclaimed ST. ALi coffee roasters to create Blasphemy – a coffee whisky that is a blend of Archie Rose Single Malt Whisky and ST ALi Orthodox & Wide Awake Coffee.

With a deep passion for innovation, experimentation and high-quality raw ingredients, the blasphemous act of pairing coffee and whisky is a natural pairing for both brands, the result being a collision of aromatic fruits including stewed apples, plum jam and fresh berries combined with amaretto and dark chocolate.

“Blasphemy is the subversion of two liquid obsessions and although strict whisky and coffee purists might consider it an abuse of both liquids, it’s a pairing that when you taste it, and understand the production processes, actually makes perfect sense,” says Archie Rose founder, Will Edwards. 

This spirit is a showcase of Archie Rose’s unique six malt mash bill whereby each malt is meticulously milled, mashed, fermented, distilled and matured separately to ensure maximum intensity and that the clarity of flavour is extracted, which cannot be done via the traditional distillation process. Blasphemy also highlights how the roasted notes from ST. ALi coffee complement and amplify Archie Rose’s use of heavily roasted chocolate and other specialty roasted malts resulting in an even richer and more expressive flavour profile than the sum of its parts.

“I love whisky as much as I love coffee. The coming together of our products have created the unicorn, a delicious and rare pairing. Partnering with Archie Rose is a milestone moment for the ST. ALi family,“ says ST. ALi founder, Salvatore Malatesta.

“This is a phenomenal pairing, perfectly accentuating the orchard fruit, chocolate and caramel notes found in the whisky and the coffee,” says Master Distiller, Dave Withers, “We used two ST. ALi coffee blends – Orthodox and Wide Awake – Orthodox does the heavy lifting on the coffee side of things while Wide Awake’s cold drip method provides the nuanced coffee elements to the final product.”

Drink it neat or in a Boulevardier. 

Available from Wednesday, 28 July via www.archierose.com.au , www.stali.com.au, the Archie Rose Cellar door and all good bars and bottle shops.

Bottle size: 700ml (22.1 standard drinks per bottle). ABV 40%. RRP: $89.99

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