Starward – New World Malt Whisky

Starward – New World Malt Whisky

Something a little different here. This is Australian whisky, made with Australian barley and matured almost exclusively in Australian Apera barrels. Apera is a fortified wine, similar to Sherry. It’s always good to see new places making whisky, and it’s a treat to try them, even if they are a bit strange. Spoiler: I found this a little weird.

Bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Marzipan, mint, candied peel, milk chocolate, nutmeg. Really unusual. 8/10

Palate: Very oaky, spicy and prickly, butterscotch, lemon zest, milk chocolate. Unfortunately there’s quite a harsh back note that’s unpleasant. 5/10

Finish: Long, zesty and spicy. 7/10

Value for money: Available for around £50. This is not good value. It’s interesting to try, but not one I’d regularly drink. 2/10

Looks: Interesting label design. Very dark in colour suggesting assistance, but then the Australian conditions might lend themselves to quicker maturation. 7/10

Final Score: 62/100

I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t be rushing back to it.

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