The batch one release from Australia's Starward distillery, bottled by Scotland's That Boutique-y Whisky Company.
This Batch 1 is part of the independent bottler's inaugural Australia series, which features eight whiskies from downunder distilleries, released in April 2021.
Essentially a cask strength take on their classic Nova, this is bottled at 56% after maturing in a shiraz wine barrel.
446 bottles in the release, approximately half of that allocated to Australia.
TBWC's take on this Starward:
"Founded in 2013 in urban Melbourne, Starward set out to create a consistent and approachable Australian whisky, designed to be cracked open and enjoyed with friends. "Their bottlings are now available across the world, and they have fast become of the best known Australian whiskies. "Starward predominantly mature their whiskies in Australian Ex-Red Wine barrels, favouring Barossa Shiraz. The local area experiences high variance in temperature, moving through a range of up to 20c per day. Maturation in their winter months can be as fast as Scotland’s summers!"
Nose: Creme caramel, redcurrant and mince pies.
Palate: Burst of sweet red fruit leather, soft biscuity oak fading into a spice led finish.
Oak Barrel comments from a preview tasting of the series:
This is very familiar territory for Starward, Nova at cask strength. Red fruit on the nose, chewy on the palate. Raspberry lollies and bursts of red fruit. Pretty palatable at 56%.
TBWC on the label:
"Starward, Australia’s first new wave distillery reaching for the stars, they’re Starward bound, and yes, that is The Southern Cross you can see.
"So, full spaceship corniness for our Starward label with founder David Vitale telling Distillery Manager Sam Slaney that ‘Nothing's gonna stop us now!’
"There are lots of stories about distillery dogs, but you’ve never seen them in a spaceship before."
One of Scotland’s most prolific independent bottlers, Boutique-y share an ethos with The Oak Barrel that whisky is meant to be drunk, whisky is meant to be fun. Known for their bright labels and excellent juice, they have bottled most distilleries in Scotland and are increasingly expanding to include whiskies from around the world – which is where this series of Australian whiskies fits in.
Their limited-edition labels are designed by Emily Chappell and reference interesting elements (or in-jokes) about the distillery. Their batches, which can be single casks or married from a number of casks, are bottled at the strength they deem the whisky is most enjoyable at.
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