Starward Wine Cask Malt Whisky
Starward // Victoria, Australia
A new edition to New World Distillery's range, their Wine Cask edition represents the search for new flavor. Matured in Barossa ex-shiraz casks for only a few years in 100 and 200 liter casks. (Barossa is a premium wine region of Australia, known for its big and bold fruit-forward red wines). CEO and founder David Vitale began the idea of the distillery in 2004, with the hope that his whisky would be unshackled by tradition, a new height and adventure for an age-old dram. Note: This is not currently available in the US.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeex-shiraz wine cask
"A dry shiraz wine greeting begins this dram, followed by a tingling of vanilla plums, hazelnuts and marzipan. A tingling of cherries dance in the background, elusive yet confident. On the tongue, it turns to dark fruits settled over a chocolate-coffee basin; reeds of licorice drifting lightly at first and then clustering to a new intensity which is sharp and acetonal. It tastes of new Australian-sunned shiraz. An odd hint of pepper and fennel reach out occasionally to caress the cheeks. The finish is enjoyably dry with a warming mouthfeel and the tart Shiraz tones and dark stone-fruits are what you are left tasting. ."