STARWARD began with a simple vision: offer the world a modern whisky unshackled from tradition.
This whisky is the culmination of nine years of research and development. Working with 100% Australian barley and barrels we have adopted, adjusted and re-adjusted distilling and maturation techniques from around the world - continually observing the influence of time, place and the natural elements.
STARWARD borrows from the past without being constrained by it, and combines it with the best Australia has to offer: our barley, our barrels, and our climate.
This world class malt is a true reflection of the place and people who make it.
At STARWARD we use Apera (Australian sherry style) barrels to age the Solera expression. The average age of wood is in excess of 20 years of age and some barrels are over 55 years of age. We hand select these barrels that are painstainkingly re-coopered, re-toasted and re-sized for aging our spirit extracting dried fruit, spice and more sweetness.
Our barley is 100% Australian and adds to the provenance of the whisky. We have worked with our maltster and use a bespoke Australian malted barley to suit our requirements - a balanced cereal note providing a full mouthfeel.
The result? The palate is filled with rich, toasty caramel, creme brulee, more fruit, pepper, sandalwood, nutmeg and marzipan. A full, sweet, juicy mouthfeel, with a youthful, spicy, dry finish.
Matured solely in Australian red wine barrels (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot), this single malt represents a unique integration of our local barley, climate and innovative approach to producing whisky.
Balanced aromas of raisins, bananas and a touch of balsamic lead to clove, toffee and nougat. The palate welcomes the arrival of red berries, hints of cinnamon and a variety of savoury and spice driven secondary notes. A long, dry and tannic finish guides a strong linear reach through the palate, balancing a generous roundness and oiliness of the spirit.