Melbourne roaster St Ali has joined forces with Archie Rose Distilling Co to launch Blasphemy – a coffee whisky that is a blend of Archie Rose Single Malt Whisky and St Ali’s Orthodox and Wide Awake coffee blends.
The Orthodox does the heavy lifting on the coffee side of things, while Wide Awake’s cold drip method provides the nuanced coffee elements of the final product.
“I love whisky as much as I love coffee. The coming together of our products has 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.
Coffee and whisky are 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.
“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.
This spirit is a showcase of Archie Rose’s unique six malt mash bill whereby each malt is 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.
“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.
Blasphemy is available in a 700-millilitre bottle, equating to 22.1 standard drinks.
Archie Rose suggest drinking it neat or in a Boulevardier.
Blasphemy will be available from 28 July via www.stali.com.au,www.archierose.com.au, at the St Ali & Archie Rose Cellar door, as well as all good bars and bottle shops.