The long awaited Starward Whisky is finally here. These crafty Australians started with one simple idea - a whisky unshackled from tradition. Borrowing from the past, they've married traditional single malt with the best of what Australia has to offer. This Down Under dram is distilled from 100% Australian Malted Barley and matured in locally made Shiraz, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir barrels. The variable Melbourne weather creates vast swings in temperature creating a unique maturation environment and extreme interaction with the very active casks. Bottled at 82 proof with no additives or coloring of any kind, a gorgeous reddish hue shimmers in the glass from the red wine casks. The nose is a mélange of dried and tropical fruits and rich, vinous complexity building toward a backbone of spicy clove and sweet, chewy toffee. On the palate, the red fruits take over, framed by a fresh oak spice and a savory, dry finish. Incredible what they've been able to do to this whisky in two short years. Proof that craft whisky can be just as delicious as the big boys, even while being innovative. The key is a commitment to quality and ultimately the final flavor of the product. Starward hits their opening stride perfectly. Looking forward to more great whisky from this special Melbourne distillery.
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