Archie Rose x Sydney Opera House: Outside and Inside Gins
We have recently covered Archie Roses’ foray into whisky territory and as I mentioned as part of the article, their bread and butter is the clear spirit distilled from grain or malt that derives its DNA from juniper berry infusions – a realm they have established themselves firmly in not just on terra australis but internationally as well.
Never one to shy away from a great collaboration, a recent project saw Archie Rose team up with the Sydney Opera house to celebrate and pay homage to the arty and creatively diverse offerings of one of Australia’s leading cultural icons.
With the creation of a two-act gin release, i.e. Outside Gin and Inside Gin, it pays homage to the immense cultural heritage that is usually housed underneath those white concrete shells, set against the iconic backdrop of Sydney Harbour.
To claim that the Outside Gin is “juniper forward”, would be an understatement par excellence yet it is nuancefully embedded in a melange Australian locally sourced ingredients, which are something to savour specifically if your palate is not familiar with what grows in this part of world.
The Inside Gin complements the emission with its fruitier character that is enhanced by botanical highlights and a cast of botanical that aim at portraying the equivalent to the aesthetic appeal the Opera House signifies to the world.
The merits of both gins are manifold and manifest themselves in that they do not only make a great foundation for curated cocktails, e.g. one incorporating seaweed and an invigourating little number with sparkling pear juice, which were proffered at the launch night, but with their flavourful distinctions they can be sipped neat without eliciting what I refer to as my “juniper face”, which delights a whisk(e)y aficionado like your humble narrator.
Going forward, the collaboration between Sydney’s Opera House and Archie Rose Distillery will see the incarnation of curated art, food and beverage pairings apart from their gins becoming a mainstay at the SOH’s fantastic bars, which warrant a visit just for having a drink in their idiosyncratic ambience.
photo from company website