Starward from New World Whisky Distillery in Victoria, founded in 2016 the distillery uses 100% Australian barley and fills into a variety of ex-Australian wine casks. This whisky was matured full term in a first fill ex-Apera cask;
Australian fortified wine in a similar style to sherry.
“New World distillers are adding a refreshing dimension to the category and ever increasing diversity for the consumer. I have watched Starward with interest since I first became aware of their emergence as quirky and experimental distillers.”
The nose offers lashings of sherry wood
and powerful oak initially, a little time
is needed for the subtle notes of stewed
pears, and dried apricots to emerge. More
dried fruit and oak dominate the palate,
however the distillate begins to show
offering ripe tropical fruit, marzipan and
cherries. The finish is exceptionally long
and slightly drying giving notes of baking
spice and vanilla.