A mistake made very, very good

June 16, 2022
By Ioni Doherty

Archie Rose Distilling Co has launched Good(e) Whisk(e)y, a creation proving that accident can indeed be the greatest of all inventions. When Cellar Hand (now Distiller) Mr Goode accidentally vatted Archie Rose’s Single Malt and Rye Malt Whisky together, he was crestfallen as the mixing of the two whiskies meant that spirit could be neither Single Malt nor Rye Malt Whisky.

However, Master Distiller, Dave Withers and Senior Blender David Fisher, being curious types, grabbed a glass to taste the spirit. On nosing and tasting the spirit it was found that the two whiskies offered the expressive oak of the rye with the charismatic flavours of the roasted malts. It was pronounced that the hybrid whisky was “good” and that the mistake of the still startled Mr Goode should be memorialised with a release. 

“To ensure we could share the serendipitous folly of Mr Goode further, we decided to add a few more barrels of Single Malt and Rye Malt Whisky to the blend, finessing the flavour and ensuring we can tell more whisky lovers about the beauty of chance in the whisky world,” says Mr Withers.

Serve it neat, over ice, or build it into a boozy Old Fashioned or Manhattan.

  • APPEARANCE: Gold with mahogany highlights
  • NOSE: Golden syrup and hazelnut spread over rye toast, opening up into kiwi fruit, mandarin, and ginger snaps
  • PALATE: A smooth and mouth-filling texture balances the aromatics perfectly. An intriguing combination of sticky fruits and spices mingling with amaretto and milk chocolate.
  • FINISH: Fruit, spice, and chocolate slowly dissipate leaving a deliciously dry hint of espresso
  • CASK FILL DATE: Apr 2016 – Aug 2019
  • CASK TYPE: Australian Apera, Australian Tawny, Bourbon, Port, Virgin American Oak.
  • BARLEY: Pale, Peated, Amber, Caramel, Aromatic, Roasted & Chocolate Malts
  • RYE: Pale Malted Rye
  • HERITAGE RYE: Pale, Amber & Choc Malted Heritage Rye

On Sale now at www.archierose.com.au  and at the Archie Rose Bar and Cellar Door.

RRP $129.00; 46 per cent Alc/Vol / 25.4 standard drinks; 700ml

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