4 Unique Starward Whiskies to Drink Now
While Old World whiskies are bound by strict traditions in their production process, New World distilleries like those in Australia have the freedom to be as creative and innovative as they would like in making a unique spirit. Starward, for example, is a young distillery founded in Melbourne in 2007 by David Vitale, whose aim was to create a distinctly “Australian whisky”.
Apart from using local ingredients, the distillers mature the whisky in Australian wine barrels for “three Melbourne years”. The ageing period may be shorter than most whiskies, but Melbourne’s changing climate (which can fluctuate as much as 12.5°C in a day) allows the expression to develop rich flavours in a short span of time.
And, of course, the exposure to Australian wine barrels which previously held the likes of shiraz and pinot noir imbue the whisky with sweet and savoury characters as well as oaky notes and tannins typical of Australia's celebrated reds.
If you want to have a taste of Australian whiskies, start with these four beautiful expressions, available on TheTatlerBar.com.
1/4 Starward Solera
This exquisite single malt is the first offering from the acclaimed distillery. It is made with 100 per cent Australian barley aged in Apera casks that were used to hold Australian fortified wines similar to sherry. The unconventional way this whisky is produced enriches its flavours with notes of bright orchard and tropical fruits. These open up on the palate to reveal a full-bodied taste layered with toasty caramel, crème brûlée and dried fruit characters. A delicious whisky to be enjoyed anytime.
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2/4 Starward Fortis
For a full-bodied but more intense whisky, you can’t go wrong with Fortis—bottled at 50 per cent ABV. The distilled liquid is made with local sourced ingredients (including the brewer’s yeast) and is matured entirely in American oak red wine barrels from Barossa Valley. In this way, the cask imparts a distinctly rich mouthfeel and velvety smoothness that only gets better with nuances of toasty oak and vanilla.
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3/4 Starward Two Fold
The Two Fold is made by combining Australian wheat and malted barley to create the distillate, which is then aged completely in Australian red wine barrels. The result is an approachable and well-rounded whisky that entices with its luscious aromas of red fruits and warm vanilla spice, followed by nuances of bright tropical fruits and lightly toasted oak.
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4/4 Starward Nova
This is the single malt whisky that put Starward on the whisky map, earning numerous accolades such as the gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Award 2020. It’s crafted with local grains which are once again aged in only Australian red wine barrels, but ones that used to contain the region’s best shiraz, cabernet and pinot noir wines. The combination of flavours gives the whisky its complex taste, highlighted by aromas of red berries, orchard fruit and soft oak spice. These are balanced with vanilla and fruity characters on the palate with a lingering caramel and spice finish.
Starward whiskies are distributed by Malt & Wine Asia.