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July 6, 2016 Food & Beverage No Comments Print Print Email Email

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney has partnered with award-winning Sydney distillery Archie Rose Distilling Co., the first working distillery in Sydney since 1853, to create a new High Tea with a twist– the Distiller’s High Tea.


Renowned for its three-tiered sweet and savoury delights served with an array of beautiful teas, the Radisson Blu Sydney decided to “shake up” this traditional High Tea model and start with the beverages as the heroes. From there, they have matched the distinct flavour notes of each spirit with the gourmet food offerings.

The Distillers High Tea will include three of Archie Rose’s spirits range – Original Vodka, Signature Dry Gin and White Rye.

The Original Vodka will be accompanied by a sweet paprika, spinach and feta roll, juniper infused smoked salmon on toast and a citrus tart; the Signature Dry Gin is to be paired with slow cooked veal pie, cucumber, dill and cream cheese sandwich and a strawberry tart; and the White Rye will be matched with a chicken curry puff, spiced cake and a Belgian double chocolate slice.

Guests also will be able to try Radisson Blu’s very own gin, called ‘Out of the Blu’, which has been specially blended at the Archie Rose distillery and will be introduced into the Distiller’s High Tea and also served at the hotel’s Fax lobby bar.

The gin was created in a “stirring” blending session at the Distillery by Radisson Blu’s General Manager Peter Tudehope, Director of Sales Terry Oomens and Head Chef Oswin Ribeiro. It was produced with five botanicals that blend Australian natives with traditional flavours used in dry gins, including lemon myrtle, blood lime, and river mint from Western Australia.

In doing so, Radisson Blu has become the first hotel in Sydney to create its own gin with Archie Rose.

“We are delighted to be able to offer our guests something truly unique – a new blend of gin that we have created just for them and the Distiller’s High Tea, showcasing spirits from Sydney’s most up-and-coming distillery,” said Tudehope.

As part of the partnership with Archie Rose, a series of tasting events also will be held at the hotel, including something “highly spirited” for Father’s Day on September 4.

The new Distiller’s High Tea is available in the hotel’s Fax Bar from July 1 through to December 31 and costs $69 per person.

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