Starward Tawny Fortified Single Cask
Starward found some standout barrels when they were bottling our Whisky of the Month in 2021. So they aged them further, dialling the flavour up to 11.Australia
Colour Rich auburn
Nose Starward’s signature tropical fruit notes followed by dense fruit tart, black cherries, fresh brioche, vanilla, and prunes.
Palate Full-bodied and generous. Rich caramelised malt, blackberry and raspberry jam, roasted almonds alongside sun dried raisins.
Finish Long and salivating. Cranberry, brown sugar and toasted oak with quintessential Christmas cake on the finish.
Single cask whisky doesn’t hide under a bushel.
This is full cask strength straight from the barrel — and no ordinary barrel. At the end of 2021, Starward were putting together our Whisky of the Month, finished in Tawny Fortified casks.
A couple of barrels stood out from the rest. These were set aside to see what another nine months in the rich South Australian Tawny casks would do.
The result is an absolute rockstar of a dram. It’s a flavoursome whisky that retains all the wonderful complex elements of the original, then ratchets it up to eleven. Darker, more intense. Think rich, chewy caramel, roasted almonds and blackberry jam alongside sun-dried raisins, brown sugar and Black Forest cake.
Let’s not forget that Starward was named Most Awarded Distillery at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2022, the very year this whisky was being lovingly put into bottle. Proudly flying the Australian flag, no less than 12 of their whiskies took out Double Gold at the event. This really is next-level whiskymaking.
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Age: No Age Statement
Maturation: Matured in first-fill fresh and charred red wine casks from the Barossa and Yarra Valleys, then finished in fresh Australian Tawny fortified wine casks.
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Starward Distillery was established in 2007 in the Qantas Maintenance Hangar at Essendon Airport by David Vitale, and from humble beginnings and in the space of only a decade it’s become the flagship of Australian craft whisky and an Australian whisky icon.
Origin: 50 Bertie St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Water Source: Thompson and Upper Yarra reservoirs
Washbacks: 5 x 25,000L, stainless
Stills: 1 wash and 1 spirit
Capacity: 700,000 litres per annum