New World Whisky Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: June 22, 2015 in Australia, World Whiskies & Spirits

Starward Wine Cask Edition 1 41%

Matured in re-coopered 100lt and 200ltr ex-Australian Shiraz casks

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Aromas of boiled sweet sherry with loads of toffee and almost sweet corn notes. A hint of malt but it’s predominantly oak.

Palate: Very sweet and flabby. Almost liqueur-like in its sweetness with oily vanilla and buckets of sweet toffee.

Finish: Medium length with the alcohol attempting to freshen but ultimately failing.

Conclusion: Sherry and first fill American? Far too sweet. All oak and no trousers.

Starwood Apera Cask 43%

Matured in Apera (Australian style sherry) casks

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Soft, treacly and herbal sherry with a touch of boiled sweets, cocoa powder and sweet spice.

Palate: Pretty much as the nose. Straightforward with a developing note of tea and lightly baked fruit.

Finish: Medium length with the sherry and spice notes lingering.

Conclusion: Simple. All sherry and no distillery character but the sherry is blemish free!

Starward Ampera Cask 43%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2015

The nose is big and aromatic with a boiled sweet sherry-like character with hints of green apple, gooseberry and herbs. Quite estery with toffee coated banana and a distinct, sweet, winey personality.

The palate is full and very toffee’d with banana and hints of herbs, honey and wine. Relatively straightforward but mouth-filling. Long, lightly spiced finish with an almost corn-like fleshiness, but a touch of citrus injects some balance.


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