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Review: Starward Octave Barrels Single Malt Australian Whiskey

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Starward is an Australian malt barley whisky that has been inching its approach into the U.S. markets over the previous a number of years. (We reviewed a few their releases in 2019 and 2020.) Hailing from foodie-centric Melbourne, Starward sources the grains and provides from native farms and retailers, together with the wine barrels used for getting older from native vineyards. The newest expression is the inaugural American launch from the brand new Starward Initiatives collection. The only malt is aged in barrels from the Yalumba Vineyard’s luxe The Octavius Shiraz, with no age assertion provided.

Let’s take a peek.

The nostril is bursting with plum compote and smoked cloves. It’s distinctively candy and spicy, with a barely peaty undertone. On the palate, leathery dry cinnamon sticks are accented by inexperienced apple, nut shells, and cocoa. The bitter, nutty chew lingers longest within the end, with barely unripened cherries clinging to to the tongue because the faintly candy fruit be aware balances out the profile. This expression tends to lean in direction of bitter and spicy parts, but it surely has a dense, fruity character that tips the thoughts into considering it’s sweeter than it’s, tempering a number of the edginess. The whiskey maintains the sharpness and earthiness of a conventional Scotch, whereas these darkish, fruity notes function a complementary layer.

As an introduction to the Starward Initiatives, the Octave Barrels definitely leaves one piqued to see what they give you subsequent.

96 proof.

B+ / $80 (700 ml) / starward.com

Starward Octave Barrels Single Malt Australian Whiskey

$80

Score


8.5/10

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