Starward was founded by David Vitale in 2007 in Melbourne, Australia and is elementally matured for three “Melbourne years” in Australian red wine barrels, pushing the boundaries of what whisky can be. The core ethos is built on the foundation of Old World – traditional product and stills, and New World – maturation methods and attitude. The ingredients used to distill Starward are a day’s drive away from the Melbourne-based distillery. The red wine barrels that mature the whisky are built around a broad cross section of big Australian reds, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir with the keystone being 100L Barossa Shiraz barrels. Using a minimal intervention approach, the quick turnaround time between the barrels being disgorged at the winery and arriving at Starward means that the barrels retain much of their original character.
Starward Nova Whisky (82 proof)
Visual: Bright copper-red.
Nose: Instant red wine nose laid over a solid malt whisky base. A lot of high notes create a dry, crisp olfactory sensation.
Taste: Sweet fruity entry that tones down quickly to a familiar caramel whisky flavor. Lots of rich character similar to a fresh-baked pastry. The wine cask flavor keeps things interesting and adds a layer of dessert-like complexity that pushes this whisky towards a dessert-like finish.
Finish: Medium long, with the wine barrel and the distillate playing tag with each other.
Overall: A really tasty whisky that has a lot to offer the connoisseur. Starward has a hit on their hands.
GSN Rating: A
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